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Flowery Branch seniors Kelsey and Hannah McQueen competed for top academic honors
Kelsey and Hannah McQueen

Hannah and Kelsey McQueen have much in common in addition to being twins, but their paths will diverge for college.

The girls are co-valedictorians at Flowery Branch High School, graduating with straight-A averages.

“We were really competitive and ended up not being able to beat each other,” Hannah said.

They challenged themselves, too.

“If there was an AP course, we took it,” Hannah said.

Hannah leans more toward math and science courses, but Kelsey maybe more toward history.

“We even took computer science this year,” Kelsey said. She added she felt “so out of my element” in the course. Hannah agreed — “not my thing.”

They have had similar extracurricular activities and both work at Shane’s Rib Shack.

“We share a car,” Kelsey pointed out.

The extracurricular activities are broad, including National Honor Society, Beta Club, math honor society, yearbook, swim team, Chinese club and Dead Poet Society. Hannah was the chapter and state president for NHS this year.

Hannah said they have “tried everything in high school.”

Their college paths reflect their differences.

Both will attend the University of Georgia and live in dorms, but they will have separate roommates and different majors.
Hannah plans to major in pre-med, biochemistry and/or microbiology. Her intention is to be a surgeon — cardiothoracic or neurosurgeon “because that would be really cool.”

She got involved with a medical mission group to the Dominican Republic about three years ago, and she plans to stay involved “the rest of my life.”

She worked as a volunteer in Gainesville, preparing supplies for two years and went on the mission in January.
“It was, by far, the most incredible experience of my life,” Hannah said.

Kelsey will be an English major because it can “help me be a novelist.”

She said she has been writing a novel, but “I have a terrible habit of not liking it and erasing it and starting over.”
She said the story is “definitely a ‘coming of age’ story.” Influences include “Catcher in the Rye” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

Kelsey said she knows “nothing is guaranteed” as a writer.

“I don’t know if my book will come out next year or in 20 years. I hope before I’m out of college,” she said.

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