Kirstie and Kristie, both 22, from Atlanta, Ga., will graduate May 19 as the first co-valedictorians who are also identical twins at Spelman College, in Atlanta.
“I don’t think we even thought about the possibility of it,” Kristie told ABCNews.com.
“We actually have prayed about it,” Kirstie said. “Lord help us to make 4.0s all the way through college.”
The two have the same major—music—and both have perfect 4.0 GPAs. The sisters managed to keep up their grades while juggling Spelman College’s glee club and volunteering at their father’s church, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral.
“I am extremely proud of them. They have gotten that particular status the old fashion way,” their father, Bishop Dale Bronner, told ABCNews.com. “Their greatest asset is their discipline. They got their brilliance from the mother, but they got their discipline from their father.”
“We prayed harder than everybody else and worked harder,” Kirstie said.
For the twins, their achievement meant having to sacrifice going out on the weekends occasionally. “Our friends kind of just stopped asking,” Kristie said.
The sisters attribute most of their achievements to their relationship and their similarities. “Our values are the same,” Kristie said. “Our drive is the same. We spend a lot of time together so we always studied together.”
In fact, their personalities are so similar that the two said that they’ve had many occurrences where they’ve written papers or taken tests and had the same thesis points or wrong answers.
Identical twins Kirstie and Kristie Bronner are graduating as co-valedictorians with identical 4.0 GPAs from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. (Courtesy Kirstie Bronner)
Kirstie and Kristie have one distinction that helps tell them apart. Kirstie said, “I’m a little more direct. She’s a little more sugarcoating.”
While Kristie admits that sharing so much may get on their nerves at times, it’s their teamwork that makes their dynamic successful. ”In college, we discovered how different we are,” Kristie said. ” Our differences actually compliment each other. It helps us to get things done faster.”
Kirstie added, ” I think of of the biggest things that comes between twins is competition. Although we have our arguments, I think that one way that we help to eliminate competition is to be mindful of it and be secure in our individual identities.”
One way the twins eliminate getting compared is by dressing alike. “You can’t say one twin is the more stylish twin if we have on the same thing,” Kirstie said.
After graduating, Kirstie and Kristie plan on continuing on the same path as youth counselors, youth event coordinators, and directors of music at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. Achieving the title of valedictorian wasn’t enough for the girls. They also plan on writing a book with scheduling tips and releasing a gospel album.
“We don’t think we achieved it based upon genius, but based upon strategy,” Kirstie said.