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Adam J. Holland

In a remarkable display of academic prowess, identical twins Lynn and Ann Nguyen have been named as La Porte High School’s 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.  

What’s even more unusual about this scholarly feat is that they follow in the footsteps of their older sister Lily, who was La Porte High School’s valedictorian in 2021. 

Throughout their high school years, Lynn and Ann were not only academic trailblazers but also active participants in various extracurricular activities, including the high school orchestra, where they both played violin.  

Despite their individual achievements, Lynn and Ann never viewed their accomplishments in isolation. Instead, they formed a dynamic duo, supporting each other every step of the way. Whether it was late-night study sessions or pep talks before exams, their unwavering solidarity served as a source of strength. 

“We were fine with me being valedictorian and her being salutatorian,” Lynn said. “But we had competitions through the years such as orchestra chairs.” 

Added Ann through friendly giggles, “I was first chair.” 

It is quite likely that something very minor – a tad more vibrato or a slightly fuller tone – is what separated the sisters in the orchestra chair tryouts. Likewise, their grade point averages were a mere .0385 percentage points apart.  

“I have watched Lynn and Ann excel since the day they started school here four years ago, and I am not surprised in the least that they posted the top two GPAs – or that there is such a miniscule difference in their GPAs,” said La Porte High School Principal Carlin Grammer. 

As graduation day approaches on May 24, Lynn and Ann reflected on their high school journey with gratitude and humility.  

Lynn said she was impacted by many teachers, but no one more than Rachel Samm, her elementary music teacher. 

“She got me into music,” Lynn said, adding that violin not only served as the instrument of her arts education, but that she also plays as a hobby. (She also started crocheting recently to pass what little free time she has.) 

Ann, meanwhile, gave much credit to Elaine Finnen, who taught her to love science at College Park Elementary School.  

“She ran the science club, and we did full-scale labs,” Ann said. “I became interested in science very quickly.” 

Her favorite memory, meanwhile, happened in academic decathlon practice.  

“We were practicing impromptu speaking and the first time, I cried,” said Ann, who admitted to being the shy, quiet type. “It made me a better speaker, and I also made a lot of friends in the class.” 

The twins also acknowledged the sacrifices made by their parents, particularly since they attended all 12 years in La Porte ISD as open enrollment transfers from another school district. Moreover, they recognized that their success is not merely a reflection of their own efforts but also a testament to the nurturing environment of La Porte High School – one of the main reasons their parents chose to enroll them in La Porte schools. 

“Their academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to learning have not only brought honor to themselves but have also enriched our school community,” said Superintendent Dr. Walter Jackson. “We are proud to have played a part in their educational journey and wish them continued success in all their future endeavors.” 

Looking ahead, Lynn and Ann plan to join their older sister at the University of Texas at Austin, where they are poised to study healthcare administration as Lily continues studying to become a medical doctor.  

For now, though, the Nguyen twins are content to enjoy their 2024 academic accolades, which are twice as exciting.