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Twin whizzes from Copiague accepted at same college

Twins Monika and Marta Sulima are ranked number

Twins Monika and Marta Sulima are ranked number one and number two in their graduating class at O'Connell High School in Copiague. (Dec. 3, 2009) Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

Twins Marta and Monika Sulima, the two top graduates of Walter G. O'Connell High School in Copiague, sat at two separate computers logging in to see if they had been accepted early to Cornell University.

Marta's information loaded first: She was accepted.

"I was so excited I got in and then worried to see if she got in," Marta, 17, said Tuesday.

A few tense moments later, Monika learned that she, too, would be going to Cornell - and the fraternal twins would not have to attend separate colleges in the fall.

"That was the one thing I was most worried about," Monika said Tuesday.

Only .004 points separate Marta and Monika, who are this school year's valedictorian and salutatorian. Monika's academic GPA is 102.894; Marta's is 102.898.

The twins have similar transcripts as well, and attend all the same classes this year. They both play guitar, both speak Polish and Spanish, are both members of honor groups and play field hockey for the high school.

The twins are not sure whether they will room together at Cornell. Marta plans to study chemistry, and Monika will likely study math.

While they could not speak specifically about the twins' transcripts, Cornell officials said 3,579 students applied for early decision this year, and 1,167 were offered admission. The first-year class will have 3,150 students. The number of applications to Cornell has increased in each of the past five years, with more than 30,000 each year.

O'Connell Principal Albert H. Voomeveld has known the twins since middle school and was not surprised they were both accepted to Cornell.

"They saw that you have two very bright, very capable, very hardworking, dedicated young folks who are going to bring the same honor and recognition to Cornell as they brought to our high school," he said.

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