The 2016 valedictorian and salutatorian for Grapevine High School have known each other their whole lives. They’ve grown up together.
They’re twin brothers Tine and Miha Valencic. The GHS Class of 2016 celebrated graduation June 2 at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center.
They share a love for math and science and for tennis. In the fall, they’ll go together to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena where Tine plans to major in physics and Miha in chemical engineering. They’ll play tennis for the Caltech Beavers.
The brothers said they motivate each other more in tennis than they do in academics.
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Although they had many of the same classes together, they usually studied on their own.
“We used to both do our math homework and go over it together before turning it in,” Miha said.
In more recent years, their schedules were too busy for much joint studying.
Where they really encouraged each other was in hitting the tennis court together for extra practice.
“It’s always easier if you can force your twin brother to go instead of having to convince a friend,” Tine said.
That practice paid off as the pair won a silver medal in doubles at the 5A state tennis tournament May 17 in College Station and helped the Mustangs win back-to-back state championships in 5A team tennis in the fall of 2015 and 2014.
The two also were involved in UIL Academics.
The family moved to the Grapevine-Colleyville school district in the middle of kindergarten, so the boys are well known in the GCISD community.
“I am so proud of these two exceptional students, who I have had the privilege of knowing since sixth grade,” GHS Princical David Denning said. Prior to GHS, Denning was principal at Colleyville Middle School, where the brothers attended. “To see the growth in these students has been truly remarkable. I cannot think of better representatives of the outstanding students we have at Grapevine High School then Tine and Miha Valencic.”
The twins are looking forward to Caltech and its excellent research opportunities, but they don’t know if they’ll have time to enjoy living near the California coast. They might be too busy hitting the books to hit the beach.
“We’ll probably be studying 24-7,” Miha said.