West Hempstead Secondary School seniors and twin sisters Gloria Guerrier and Victoria Guerrier were named as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2023. Gloria finished with a grade point average of 105.3, and Victoria earned a grade point average of 104.9.
“They’re just a phenomenal family,” Superintendent Daniel Rehman said. “They have overcome every obstacle and continue to succeed with smiles on their faces. They really represent the American Dream.”
Their latest feat is just one of many accolades that they have achieved both in and outside of the classroom. They have never shied away from a challenging course load. Year after year, they have chosen and enrolled in the most rigorous advanced courses that were available to their grade level and excelled in them all, never earning lower than a perfect 100 on their transcript.
Outside of the classroom, they are each three-sport varsity athletes and members of numerous clubs. Both sisters have a part-time job and responsibilities at home. Gloria and Victoria personify all of the characteristics that exemplify a successful student-athlete. They both have proven time and time again that they have the drive to adapt and succeed both academically and athletically.
School counselor Jackie Zorskas said the Guerriers have been remarkable representatives of the school and community.
The twins have both earned All-County and All-State honors in both the winter and spring track seasons. They both have also qualified and competed at the New Balance National Championships during their junior year and were selected by coaches across Nassau County to receive the Section XIII Athlete of the Year award, a rare accomplishment for juniors.
These numerous accomplishments prove that these two young ladies are truly dedicated to the sport and can adapt and overcome any obstacles while keeping positive attitudes.
The Guerriers have both co-authored a research presentation with the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute for Standards and Technology. They were both finalists in the Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” competition. Both earned AP Scholar with Distinction honors.
The Guerriers are participants in the National African American Recognition program, and members of the National, Tri-M, STEM, and World Language Honor societies. They are also involved with community activities as member of the Teen Council of the community library, a peer support program called Sources of Strength, Athletes Helping Athletes, New York State Music Association, and the New York University Step Up program.
The twin sisters will attend Yale University in the fall.