When was the last time a twin sister and brother finished first and second academically in their high school graduating class? Maybe it’s never happened.
But that is exactly what will happen later this month at the LaMonte High School commencement exercises. Kyleigh Sullivan is the 2012 valedictorian while her twin brother Kollin is the salutatorian.
Kyleigh, 18, has a 3.88 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, took the ACT three times with her highest score being a 26 and she is ranked first academically in her senior class at La Monte.
“Academics are more important,” said Sullivan, a three-sport participant at La Monte.”It will get you farther in life. Sports are fun in high school, but they’re not really realistic out in the real world.”
Sullivan is headed to Missouri State University in Springfield this fall to major in family and childhood development. She does not plan to play sports in college.
La Monte does not offer weighted courses, but Sullivan has taken dual-credit courses College Algebra, Public Speaking and Introduction to Psychology through the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Sullivan has played volleyball since the seventh grade in junior high and was named All Mid State Conference as a senior and lettered three years.
She has played basketball since the third grade, starting in the school’s elementary program up through junior high and played four years of varsity basketball at La Monte. She made Honorable Mention All Mid State Conference her senior year.
Sullivan is playing her fourth season of high school softball at La Monte, playing leftfield this spring. At age four, Sullivan started playing softball in the tee-ball league and progressed up through the La Monte summer rec leagues until she got in high school.
Sullivan made Academic All Kaysinger Conference in all four sports all four years, (including cheerleading for six years) an impressive accomplishment.
Asked about a high school athletic highlight, Sullivan had to think for a while.
“I remember, it was last year in softball,” she began. “I laid down a bunt and made it all the way around to score on I think two throwing errors. I had to laugh because I had never seen that done before. It happened at Leeton against Wentworth (in the Mid State Conference Tournament).”
She said softball is her favorite sport because she has played it the longest and “It’s the sport I’m most passionate about.”
Her hobbies include listening to music, spending time with family and friends and working at her job at Scoops, now in her third year there.
Sullivan has two brothers, Nick, 21 and a student majoring in sports journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and her twin brother Kollin, Dresden.
She is the daughter of Lisa and Jeff Lazenby, Dresden; and Donald Sullivan, Green Ridge.