Taylor and Kailee Kulik acknowledged that although their interests are different, one thing they have in common is the desire to see each other succeed.
So, neither twin was surprised to learn that they both had earned honored titles for the Class of 2011 at Gananda’s Ruben A. Cirillo High School. Separated by a point, Taylor is this year’s valedictorian with a GPA of 99.063 and sister Kailee is the salutatorian with a GPA of 98.005. The 18-year-old fraternal twins live in Macedon and are the children of Kim Raw-Kulik and Kevin Kulik. Both twins attributed family support as a huge factor in their academic success. “We are fortunate to have a great support system at home” comments Kailee. “The fine teachers at Gananda also helped us succeed,” added Taylor.
“I never want to use my smarts as a crutch,” comments Taylor. “My parents taught me to do my all. To be the best I can be.” Finishing Taylor’s thought, Kailee adds “Learning to study is important.”
Sibling rivalry does not exist in their home, both twins said, and never will.
“We have always been supportive of each other,” said Kailee. “We push each other to succeed because we care about each other,” adds Taylor. The twins typically study together and encourage one another.
Although they both thrive academically and are members of the National Honor Society and New York State Math Honor Society, Taylor is passionate about basketball while Kailee enjoys singing. Kailee also holds leadership roles as president of student congress and student council secretary and Taylor is treasurer of student congress.
In the fall, the twins are headed in separate directions for the first time. Taylor was recruited to play basketball at Macalester College in Minnesota where he will pursue a biology degree. He aspires to be a medical doctor. Kailee will attend Binghamton University and pursue a degree in child psychology. Her dream is to obtain a PhD in child psychology and establish a program to develop self-esteem in girls.
When asked if they will miss each other, they respond with their typical positive attitude. “We hope that technology, such as Skype, will help bridge the gap,” comments Kailee. “I will have to fly to Minnesota to see Taylor play basketball.”
When asked what advice they would provide to students coming up behind them, Kailee said that she wants to tell them to “believe in themselves, put in effort and they will go far.” Chalking it up to “twin telepathy,” Taylor chimes in with “that was what I was going to say!” They both go on to say that it is important to “not stress the small things and just take everything as it comes.” Kailee adds that “it is most important to live your life in balance.”
The Class of 2010 will graduate at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in Gananda’s Ruben A. Cirillo High School gymnasium.