News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, May 18, 2012
GROVETOWN, Ga. -- Twin sisters at Grovetown High School will be the valedictorian and the salutatorian during Saturday's ceremony.
Emily and Erin Elizabeth Chizmar are the top two out of 233 graduating seniors. Friday was their graduation practice and they were both working very hard to prepare for the real thing on Saturday.
"People think twins have to be some kind of opposite, so someone's gotta be good at school and someone's gotta be good at something else, and I think it's just kinda shocking that we're both good at school," Erin Elizabeth said.
Emily is Grovetown High School's valedictorian and Erin Elizabeth will share the stage with her sister as the salutatorian.
"When they said and Erin is your salutatorian, I contained the tears until they left," Emily said.
They say they've always been competitive, but they know their strengths.
"We've always been told that you should only compare yourself to yourself, which is kinda hard because you're a twin and that's just what happens," said Erin Elizabeth.
"We're good at different things. Like I love math. Calculus is my favorite class. She cries," Emily said.
They're very happy for each other.
"If she wasn't val, something was wrong, so I knew that she was gonna be val," said Erin Elizabeth. "There wasn't really a competition for that."
Their parents could not be more proud.
"We both are so proud; it's just we always knew that they were gonna be wonderful academically and just well-rounded kids and it's just nice to see that they get the accolades for it," said their mother, Lisa Augustine Chizmar.
But mom and dad haven't heard the speeches yet.
"I told my dad yesterday I wanted it to be a surprise," said Erin Elizabeth.
"They've read it, but that was the third draft, but the fourth draft they haven't read that one, it's a little bit different," Emily said.
But they'll hear them soon enough as both their girls not only walk across the stage but sit on the stage as the top in their class.
They are both heading to the University of Georgia Honors Program in the fall and plan to live in the same dorm.
They both have some pretty big dreams. Emily wants to be a mathematician, physicist or engineer while Erin Elizabeth wants to be a diplomat for the United Nations.