Twins Cayla and Corey Vance have been pushing each other to excel academically for years - and their work is finally paying off with high honors.
The 18-year-old sister-brother duo are the children of Michelle Vance of Wheeling.
They are scheduled to graduate from Wheeling Park High School on Sunday and both have been named to the National Honor Society.
COREY & CAYLA VANCE
"They are very close. They have the same dreams and complete each other sentences," said Vance, who graduated from Park in 1984.
"They competed with each other academically. They challenged each other with the classes they took," she said.
Cayla plans to attend West Virginia University's dental hygiene program and has been shadowing at dentist Dr. Ricardo Zambito's office since December. Corey plans to attend Wheeling Jesuit University to receive his undergraduate degree in athletic training and then pursue becoming a physical therapist.
"As of now they both want to stay in this area after graduating college," Vance noted. "Both of them overall are good kids - not just academically. ... I am proud truly beyond words."
Vance has worked as a hairdresser for 27 years and is employed at J.C. Penney salon at The Highlands. Their father, Curt Vance also of Wheeling, is a 1979 Park graduate.
He has been employed by the city of Wheeling as a mechanic since 1989.