Saturday, June 6, 2020
Undocumented twins overcome challenges graduate high school at the top of the class, headed to Texas A&M
Twins Karen Janette Briseño (left) and Karen Judith Briseño pose for a photograph at Mesquite High School on May 18.(Jason Janik / Special Contributor)
Jon Arnold for the Dallas Morning News offers us all an upbeat immigration story for this graduation season.
This year's Mesquite (mesquite, Texas) High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian. “I was happy for her. There’s no bitterness," salutatorian Karen Janette Briseño said of the valedictorian. “We kind of already knew it was going to end up this way because I was one point under her.” Karen finished right behind her twin sister, Karen Judith Briseño, at the top of their class of 651 graduating students.
The twins are undocumented, having been brought as children to the United States from Mexico by their parents.
The sisters excelled in classes as well as a full plate of extracurricular activities, including JROTC, UIL Academics, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Calculus Club and Dallas County Promise.
The twins plan to go to Texas A&M University, where they’ll live together and study chemistry.