Born only six minutes apart, twins Kathy and Kelly Robinson remain on each other's heels 17 years later. With only 1/10 of a point difference in their grade average, Kathy and Kelly are valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for the 2006 Thomson High School graduating class.
"It's just a real honor to have two of them at the top of their class as they are. Their grades have not been more than a point apart the whole way through, even from first grade," said Grace Robinson, their mother. "At first, I thought they were just being lucky, but as each year progressed, they continued the same way. ... They are just real good."
Kelly Flanders and Kathy Robinson pose for a picture Tuesday at Thomson High.
Kathy is also this year's STAR student, meaning she scored the highest grade in the school on the SAT test while remaining in the top 10 percent of her class. To win the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition status, Kathy scored 2130 on the Scholastic Assessment Test college entrance exam. With the addition of essay writing to the exam in 2005, a perfect score is 2400.
Kathy and Kelly have both been accepted into Georgia Institute of Technology. Kathy also plans to join the Air Force ROTC and become an officer in the Air Force. Kathy said she would like to design new machines for the military, or work with programming missiles.
Although Math is her chosen major, Kathy chose her Advanced Placement British Literature and Composition instructor, Kelly Flanders, as her STAR teacher. Each STAR student chooses a STAR teacher whom they feel has been their biggest influence.
Kathy said Mrs. Flanders has challenged her weakness, which is public speaking.
"Mrs. Flanders makes you give 110 percent. You have to back up what you say in her class. She makes us stand up in front and talk, and I wasn't that great at that before," Kathy said.
Mrs. Flanders, who has been teaching for 25 years, said she was "truly flabbergasted" to be chosen as STAR teacher.
"It's just not something that I ever thought I'd be. ... You just don't know what effect you have, you think you're not making a difference. ... Kathy is an incredible student. ... Kathy and Kelly both have a strong commitment to excelling in their school work. They give their all, they enjoy learning," Mrs. Flanders said.
Kathy will vie for the Area 7, which includes a 13-county region, STAR student title at First United Methodist Life Center in Thomson on March 23.