For the first time since 2003, Douglas High School has two valedictorians, and the first time in history they’ve been twins.
Achieving a 4.54 GPA identical twin sisters Gabby and Maria Munoz-Robles have spent their entire lives supporting each other, so both receiving the honor was special.
“If she got the A, it’s like I got the A, too,” Maria said. “A lot of people want us to be separate, but we enjoy it. When we give each other hugs, I feel like I’m hugging myself.”
Gabby and Maria are attending Notre Dame in the fall and majoring in biomedical engineering.
The university, however, isn’t allowing them to live in the same dorm.
“I told them I was OK with it, but we share everything from straighteners to clothes, so now we have to get our own stuff,” Maria said.
At Douglas, Gabby and Maria are involved in track, cross country and band.
“We’re going to miss the teachers, our friends and the helpfullness of everyone working together,” Gabby said.
Maria is also going to miss the teachers.
“They all care about the students, and work as hard as the students do,” she said. “I’m especially going to miss Ms. Fitzpatrick and her meowing.”
After college the sisters want to attend graduate school, and go into cancer and arthritis research together.
This year’s salutatorians aren’t biologically related, but they do consider themselves brothers.
Lane Smith and Jeff Williams grew up playing Little League baseball together, but became good friends running cross country their freshman year.
“We’re like brothers. We work together,” Jeff said. “Although we’re running in the same race, we’re not racing against each other, we’re racing together.”
The salutorians earned a 4.5 GPA while being involved in track, cross country, Block D, National Honor Society, environmental club, psychology club and on the academic team.
“I’m very honored to be salutatorian,” Lane said. “I’ve always tried to work my hardest when it comes to academics, so I’m glad it all worked out.”
Lane is attending the University of Denver and majoring in electrical engineering.
“I’m interested in fields that deal with math and science, and I have an older brother who is an electrical engineer,” he said. “In the future I envision myself as being a well-rounded individual, graduating college, going to grad school, getting a job and retiring at a nice ripe age.”
When asked who his favorite television character was, Lane replied with Archer from the animated show on FX.
“It’s more of a mature show,” he added. “And Archer is pretty funny.”
Jeff said his favorite character is Ron Swanson from Parks & Recreation.
“He’s a very powerful authority figure and that’s something I strive to be in life,” he joked.
On the serious side, Jeff plans on majoring in computer science at Arizona State University.
“I feel like that field is only going to grow in the future, and I also find it very interesting,” he said. “Arizona is a huge school and I want to get out into the world and meet people.”
Jeff agrees with his classmates that his teachers and friends are those he’s going to miss after graduation.
“I’ll miss the relationships in general,” he added. “Going out of state to college you lose all those relationships.”
Jeff is looking forward to his future in the short-term and long-term.
“College at Arizona is going to be awesome,” he said. “And after that I think having a family is going to be just as awesome.”
Douglas High School graduation is 5:30 p.m. today on the school’s softball field.