GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — High school seniors Alice and Bill Ao are fraternal twins. One might think they are alike in so many ways.
“In my opinion, I think, me and my sister, we have different personalities,” Bill Ao said.
Bill Ao is laid back. Alice Ao is more in control. But they do have this in common: They will graduate at the top of their class this weekend.
“My name is Alice Ao. I’m the valedictorian at Peachtree Ridge High School," Alice Ao said.
"My name is Bill Ao, and I'm the salutatorian at Peachtree Ridge High School," Bill Ao said.
The twins finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the scholastic race at Peachtree Ridge High School, which will hold a virtual graduation Saturday.
Both had 4.0 GPAs, but the school uses a 100-point system. Bill Ao had a score of 102.5. Alice Ao finished ahead with a score of 104.5.
Bill Ao admits he goofed off a bit his freshman year, but the end result would have been the same.
“She rarely got any grade that wasn’t 100. So, she would have definitely beaten me," he said.
Their parents couldn’t be prouder that both of their children are at the top of their class.
“It’s really cool and really unexpected. We can’t believe it. We just feel so lucky and fortunate,” Alice Ao said.
“The secret to our success is that we’re so collaborative. We really worked together and helped each other throughout the crazy process that’s high school.”
Another thing that’s the same about the siblings is that they will both attend Ivy League schools next year. But it still will be different: Bill Ao is going to Princeton. Alice Ao is heading for Yale as one of the 161 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
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