Meet the identical twins who made history at Spelman by being named co-valedictorians

Dollita Okine October 31, 2023
The identical twins both earned a perfect 4.0 GPA, making them the first set of twins to gain such an award in the college's long history. Photo Credit: Instagram, Kirstie Bronner

Kirstie and Kristie Bronner made Spelman College history in 2013 by being named co-valedictorians. The identical twins both earned a perfect 4.0 GPA, making them the first set of twins to gain such an award in the college’s long history.

The sisters subsequently embarked on an academic journey that brought them into contact with other opportunities. Following graduation, the Bronner sisters, who majored in music, decided to use their skills and talents in their father’s church in Atlanta, where they acquired leadership roles in the youth ministry.

According to their website, they established Elite 31, a mentoring program for girls based on Proverbs 31, a 9-month intense experience aimed to equip young ladies culturally, spiritually, professionally, and domestically.

During their time mentoring and educating young minds, the twins took their combined musical abilities to new heights, producing a Christian CD that highlighted their faith and shared ideals.

Together, they also co-wrote the book “Double Vals: The Keys to Success in College and Life Beyond” in 2014 with the intention of sharing with a larger audience the knowledge and strategies that contributed to their academic success.

The two also co-wrote the 2020 book “Bridging the Gap: What Teens Wish Their Parents Knew,” which offers advice from their parents on how to raise model teenagers and offers insights from young people Kirstie and Kristie have met and spoken with throughout their youth ministry careers.

To this day, the sisters credit their achievements to a strict study schedule, good time management, and their steadfast faith.

Kirstie described their attitude to academics as precisely maximizing their study time and exhibiting a strong commitment to their educational objectives.

“People would ask us ‘Do you want to go do this or that on a weekday’ and the response was an automatic ‘no.’ We saved recreation for the weekend. Our philosophy was and is, pay now and play later,” she remarked, according to Shine My Crown.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: October 31, 2023


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