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Westside High School valedictorian, salutatorian are twins

A pair of twins are this year's valedictorian and salutatorian at Westside High School.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It must be quite an honor to have your child named valedictorian.  Imagine if one was named valedictorian and the other was named salutatorian in the same year!

That just happened here in Macon.

"We race to get home, work, race in general, in track," Brenton Jackson says.  "We're racing with everything."

Everything is a competition for Westside High School seniors Brandon and Brenton Jackson.

"When one would do good, we'd congratulate them, encourage them, and the other one would do good," Ronald Jackson, the boys' father says.  "It just kept going on and on."

That extra drive has put these identical twins at the top of their class.  Brenton (4.0 GPA), the youngest, is valedictorian.  Brandon (3.92 GPA) is salutatorian.

These aren't your typical bookworms.  They're both in several clubs, and they both run track and cross country.

"You don't really get much sleep," Brandon Jackson says.  "But you just keep on pressing on."

That's been the story of their lives since they were babies.  You may be surprised to know their dad, Ronald, is also a twin.  He admits he didn't expect to have a pair of his own.

"But since I do, it's incredible," he says.  "By me being a twin, I knew what to expect and how to go about making sure they strive to do their best and make sure they stay together."

That is, until this fall.  Brandon is on his way to Berry College.  He plans to work in healthcare.

"I'm majoring in Exercise Science," he says.  "But I'm on a pre-physical therapy track."

Brenton is going to Georgia College, where he'll major in engineering.  He says it'll be weird being away from his brother.

"But we're trying to get some more individuality," he says.  "New experiences so we can share those experiences.  New people, new friends, so we can combine those and have a greater experience collectively."

The Jacksons graduate May 22.

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