by Lisa Tome
There's a lot to be said for sibling rivalry.
Rising Sun High School's top two students for the Class of 2017 are brother and sister. They are two-thirds of the Zane triplets - born two minutes apart on February 25, 1999, with their brother, Timothy born between them.
Parker Zane barely edged his sister out of the Valedictorian's slot. He had a 5.05 weighted grade point average. His sister, Salutatorian, Amanda Zane finished high school with a 5.0 weighted GPA.
"It's definitely competitive between us," said Amanda.
"It's good genes and our parents' commitment to education," said Parker.
During high school the pair were enrolled in some of the same classes. On occasion, they studied together.
They are the children of Tim Zane and Donna Zane, both of Rising Sun. "Our parents think it's pretty cool. They are happy for us," they said.
Parker is headed to the Ivy League. He'll attend Brown University in Rhode Island. He'll study linguistics and ancient Mesopotamian cultures. He was offered nearly $1 million in scholarships and awards. He was accepted to five colleges/universities.
Amanda is headed to Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. She will study chemical engineering and minor in mathematics. She got $25,000 per year in scholarships. She applied to two schools and was accepted to both.
Their high schools days weren't only spent studying.
They were both members of the National Honor Society and he was president of that organization. He was also part of the school's concert and jazz bands. Both were STEM capstone students and peer tutors. He is also involved in school theater productions.
"I will miss my friends. The teachers were nice and supportive," Parker said.
"I built relationships here. I will still be communicating with my friends," she said.
The pair said they will miss the sibling rivalry and competition while in different states furthering their education.
"We'll still find a way to compete," they said.
Their brother, Timothy (TJ) is no slacker. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.
TJ is also an honor student with a grade point average greater than 4.0. While his siblings are headed to college, he will enter the U.S. Army in a few weeks. He is already an Emergency Medical Technician and member of the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun.
Rising Sun High School principal Charles Helm is new to the school this year.
The Zanes were among the students he worked to get to know. Helm said as of last week, the 300 member graduating class had raked in $4.7 million in scholarship offers. "That's just what's been reported. I expect it to go to $5 million or five and a half. I wouldn't be surprised" said Helm. "I've enjoyed the last 10 months with them. I wish I'd gotten more time to get to know them. There are awesome kids in this class."