Miha (right) and Tine (left) Valencic, GHS Salutatorian and Valedictorian.
Grapevine High School seniors and twin brothers have earned places one and two in the graduating class of 2016. Tine and Miha Valencic earned the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, as a result of their dedication to education and their success in school. Earlier this school year, Tine and Miha were also named National Merit Finalists in the scholarship program.
“I am so proud of these two exceptional students, who I have had the privilege of knowing since sixth grade,” said David Denning, GHS principal. Prior to GHS, Denning was principal at Colleyville Middle School, where the students attended. “To see the growth in these students has been truly remarkable. I cannot think of better representatives of the outstanding students we have at Grapevine High School then Tine and Miha Valencic.”
Tine and Miha are both headed to the California Institute of Technology. Tine plans to study physics while Miha plans on majoring in chemical engineering. In addition to their studies, you will also be able to find the brothers on the court playing tennis for the Caltech Beavers, continuing their tennis career. Tine and Miha are part of the award-winning GHS Mustang Tennis Team.
“Not only are these young men outstanding in their academics, they are well-rounded young men,” Denning said. “Both students competed on our back-to-back state champion tennis team, earned individual medals at the state tournament, and competed for our Academic UIL team. They are both incredible scholars who are constantly learning and have a true growth mindset.”
In a discussion about their National Merit Finalists achievement, Miha attributed part of his and his brother’s success to the district.
“GCISD has done a really good job of getting us ready to go to college,” Miha said. He expressed appreciation in the district’s focus and addition of math and science courses, and further explained that he recognizes GCISD is working hard to accommodate the needs of students.