SARANAC — The 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian of Saranac High School have more in common than simply having the highest GPAs of their graduating class.
In addition to having the same interests, hobbies and ambitions, the Dannemora natives share the same birthday and even the same physical appearance.
Identical twins Sarah and Victoria Farrell learned of their unique accomplishment in February, when their guidance counselor, Jeff Ehrlich, called the sisters into his office for a chat.
“He was like, ‘Unfortunately, you guys have to make speeches because you’re valedictorian and salutatorian,’” said Sarah, whose 97.38 GPA narrowly topped her twin’s by just two tenths of a percentage point.
Upon hearing the news, the sisters embraced.
“It was definitely a happy moment,” Sarah said.
And though the twins are highly competitive with one another, Victoria said she is pleased with the final academic standings, especially since she and her sister were ranked fourth and second in their class, respectively, at the start of the school year.
“I just wanted to be salutatorian,” Victoria said. “That’s all I wanted, so going up to two, I was just, like, happy with that.”
“We were definitely happy for each other,” Sarah added.
In fact, Sarah credits her twin with much of her success.
“Victoria is the only reason why I’ve been this successful,” she said. “She’s always there to push me. We were never competing with our class; we were just competing with each other most of the time, and that’s why we ranked one and two because we just worked so hard at competing with each other.
“If one of us is studying then the other has to be studying, too.”
“I think it’s a healthy competitiveness,” Victoria added.
In addition to studying together, the 17-year-olds were both members of the National Honor Society, as well as Saranac Central’s Multicultural Club and track and indoor-track teams.