History has been made at Spelman College by a pair of identical twins.
In all of the 132 years the school has been in existence, there has never been a set of identical twin valedictorians.
Kirstie and Kristie Bonner are both music majors, and have been named co-valedictorians for the class of 2013.
The sisters each graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA, making both of theirs the highest grade point average out of more than 500 graduates.
“I am excited, humbled and honored,” said Kirstie Bonner. “Although we prayed for this at high school, I didn’t quite expect it at college.”
The Bonners, who are 22 years old, attribute their academic achievements to meticulous study sessions, time management skils and their shared faith.
“We had a commitment to excellence,” said Kristie Bonner. “It wasn’t about getting a certain grade. We always turned in our best work.”
Kristie also added that they both prayed before homework assignments and every exam.
“We can sum up our progress with the saying, ‘Work like it’s all up to you and pray like it’s all up to God.’” Kristie Bonner also added these remarks.
Following in the footsteps of their mother, Nina Cobb Bronner who graduated from Spelman in 1985, and their grandmother Dorothy Gibson Cobb, the Bonner twins will soon be third generation Spelman alum.
With graduation around the corner, scheduled to take place in a few days, both sisters plan to join the youth ministry and music department at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Atlanta.
The church is presided by the sisters’ father, Bishop Dale Bonner.
In between their busy schedules, the twins also plan to record a contemporary Christian CD.
Although they are both driven by similar goals, there is no mistake about it, both girls are completely different individuals with different personalities.
“They are individuals with different personalities, strengths and talents, who study together, encourage and complement each other.” Associate professor, Dr. Tarshia Stanley spoke candidly of the young women.