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WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) - Twin sisters who are valedictorian and salutatorian of their class have overcome a number of odds, including a poor upbringing, and they will soon attend college together.
Rickay and Mickay Thompson also want to attend law school together and start their own law firm.
Their success is all the more extraordinary because they grew up in public housing, and Rickay has a 2-year-old daughter.
"I don't believe that she has held me back," Rickay said. "She's more of a motivation for me to be as successful as possible."
To help pay the family's bills and save for college, they both work 25 hours a week at a fast food restaurant. They also do three to five hours of homework each night.
Behind their engaging smiles has always been a fierce determination to excel.
"You have to work for everything that you want - nothing is given to you," Mickay said.
Their home is full of trophies and academic medals, and to say their father is proud would be a gross understatement.
The one sad thing in their lives right now is their beloved grandmother recently had a stroke and won't be able to attend their high school graduation. It's the one time talking about their lives they fought back tears.
"She taught me how to be a young lady, which is good," Mickay said. "She also taught me how to be thankful and to be humble."