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Beloit twins earn full ride scholarships to Brown University

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Kimberly and Kerri Lynn

BELOIT (WREX) — There's no mistaking Kimberly and Kerri Lynn Guevara are related.

This pair of twins is always together.

It's a partnership that appears to be on the fast track to the Ivy League.

A couple weeks ago, both sisters felt identical excitement when they found out they had been accepted into Brown University.

"We were on our way to the park. We were in the car and we opened it on our way there so if we didn't get it accepted, nobody has to know," Kerri Lynn Guevara said.

"We both started crying. Our mom almost crashed because we were crying so much."

The girls don't have the traditional acceptance letter yet.

They found out through an online portal, which Kimberly kept refreshing out of disbelief.

"We never thought we had the real opportunity or chance. We just applied so we wouldn't be left with the doubt of what could have been," Kimberly Guevara said.

The two Beloit Memorial High School students have received multiple acceptance letters from schools in Wisconsin, as well as Stanford on the west coast.

All of the recognition the twins are getting brings a lot of satisfaction to their teachers and counselors at Beloit Memorial.

"You could tell they have a passion for education and are very inquisitive," Beloit Memorial High School counselor Erin Wolf said. "They wanted to know every course that would help them along the way."

Erin Wolf has helped guide Kimberly and Kerri Lynn all four years at Beloit Memorial.

There is mutual appreciation for the relationship they've built over the years.

"I thank them for being who they are and that they just worked so hard and tirelessly and never gave up and always with a smile," Wolf said.

The news about Brown has big smiles across all of the faces of the Guevara family.

When the twins were just two years old, the family left Mexico to come to the U.S.

Being first generation college students is a title Kimberly and Kerri Lynn don't take lightly.

This opportunity is a result of their parents efforts and they are excited to continue that hard-work on their own.

"We know how much our parents have sacrificed. We know the hard work they have put in and because of that we pushed ourselves to work harder," Kerri Lynn Guevara said.

"We take all of our experiences and our parents experiences wherever we go," Kimberly Guevara said.

"I'm really excited to take that to an Ivy League institution. It feels really great and really rewarding."

Both the girls plan to study applied mathematics and economics as they prepare for school in the fall.

If you know anyone else in the 815 having success or impacting our lives for the better, you can fill out a nomination form here or you can reach out to eleake@wrex.com.

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Evan Leake

Evan Leake anchors for 13 News Today and 13 News at Noon. Evan grew up in Darien, Illinois, a south-west suburb of Chicago. He came to WREX in 2017 and worked his way to the anchor desk in May of 2019. He coordinates both the Teacher of the Week and Inspiring 815 series for 13 News. You can connect with Evan at eleake@wrex.com or Evan Leake on Facebook.

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