Gloria and Victoria Guerrier, 17-year-old fraternal twins, have achieved the highest honor for a graduating high school class: valedictorian and salutatorian.
Twin sisters Gloria and Victoria Guerrier have achieved the highest honor for a graduating high school class: valedictorian and salutatorian. At West Hempstead Secondary School, the 17-year-old fraternal twins rose to the top of their class with a 105.3 grade point average and 104.9 GPA, respectively. This remarkable feat is a testament to their dedication and ambition and a reminder that dreams can come true with hard work and determination.
The Guerriers have been competitive since they were young, encouraging each other to strive for the best. As they grew older, they kept each other accountable and worked hard to reach their goals. This sense of competition has served as a catalyst for their success and has helped them reach heights they could have only dreamed of.
"It was nice just to know that I made it, and I achieved my dream that I've been wanting for so long," Gloria Guerrier told Good Morning America. Victoria Guerrier added, "We had been working for this for a long time but we never know what can happen in the four years, so we're very happy that it turned out the way we wanted." Principal Joseph Pumo of West Hempstead Secondary School commented on the twins’ tenacity, noting that their ability to set goals and follow through was evident from the beginning. Pumo said he “could not be more proud” of the two young women and the incredible accomplishments they’ve achieved.
In addition to their academic success, the Guerriers are also athletic superstars. Both have earned All-State honors in track and field, and they plan on continuing their athletic pursuits in college. This fall, the two will attend Yale University in Connecticut, where they plan to major in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence. Victoria hopes to use her major to help patients with physical disabilities overcome their limitations with the help of technology. Meanwhile, Gloria is more drawn to science and math and plans to focus on “devices and apparatuses for consumers”.
The Guerriers have a message for other young students, especially young girls, who may be doubting themselves: “Anything is possible, truly. And if you set your mind to it, you can achieve.” They have achieved their dream of becoming valedictorian and salutatorian, and they hope to inspire others to reach for the stars and never give up.
"Throughout my high school journey … I've learned to overcome self-doubt because we all have it," Victoria Guerrier added. "We all have those thoughts of, 'Can I do it? Can I do it?' I would tell those young girls looking up to me that anything is possible, truly. And if you set your mind to it, you can achieve." Although the two will attend the same college, one thing is for certain: they won’t be rooming together. After sharing the same room for so long, Gloria believes it’s best for them to venture out and meet new people.
The remarkable accomplishments of Gloria and Victoria Guerrier are a source of pride and motivation for their school and community. They have proven that anything is possible with hard work, dedication, and a little bit of competitiveness. As they prepare for the next chapter in their lives, it is clear that the sky is the limit for these two extraordinary young women.