CHOCTAW COUNTY, Ala. (WTOK) - This is graduation season, and one West Alabama family has an extra special reason to celebrate. For the first time in the school's history, Choctaw County High has a set of twins receiving the school's highest honors.
Mya and Mariah Thompkins are identical twins. The two 18-year-old's are alike when it comes to more than just looks. Both have received the highest honors for this year's graduating class at Choctaw County High.
"I believe that they are depending on each other," says CCHS Principal Celester Bolden. "I guess they are motivating each other."
The girls agree.
"We motivated each other," says Mariah. "I'd see one of Mya's projects, or read her essay and say, 'Yeah, she's doing something good,' and it would make me want to try to do better."
Only about a tenth of a point separated the girls 3.9 GPA's. They credit a lot of their success to their supportive families, and especially their mom who they say is strict.
"It's not a strict thing," says Charlena Thompkins. "It's mostly a discipline thing. Knowing right from wrong. That's what I see with children today to pursue right and not wrong. And the only way to do that is for the parents to teach them that."
In the fall both girls, who work and have been members of Choctaw County High's band, JROTC and FFA, say they're planning to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham and major in medical-related fields. As they prepare to leave, they say they'll remain focused.
"College is like a tight race," says Mya. "You have to make sure that you stay on your game and keep your head in your books and party some other time."
Here's an interesting fact, the girls' older brother was valedictorian at Choctaw County High in 2014. As for this year's graduation, it's set for Thursday, May 24th at 7:30 PM in the school's gym.