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Students take first steps toward higher education

Area students celebrate National College Signing Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Schools in Jacksonville area continue to celebrate National College Signing Day Thursday, as students take their first steps to earning a college degree.

For the first time, Andrew Jackson High School held a seminar for juniors and graduating seniors to celebrate their accomplishments. More than 100 seniors are college-bound, receiving more than $250,000 in scholarships so far.

Students at Andrew Jackson High School cheered for their classmates as they walked the stage, receiving a certificate and announcing the school they'll be attending next year.

Senior Tiffani Tyson is headed to Florida State in the fall, and she'll also have her twin sister Skylar by her side.

"(We’re) close,” Skyler said. “Like, 100 percent close. We do everything together."

Andrew Jackson High had unusual graduating class this year. There's not one, not two, but six sets of twins graduating this year.

The school's graduation coach said it took some getting used to.

"Getting to know who was who was tough, because they tried to play tricks on me, but I caught on real quick," graduation coach Sabrina Stargill said.

"They'd be, like, 'I saw you in miss so-and-so’s class,’ and, I'm, like, ‘No, you didn't,’” Tiffani said.

“It was so annoying,” Skylar said. “People would swear, 'I just saw you. You're name's Tiffani.’ And I'm like, ‘no.'"

Tiffani and Skylar Tyson are the first in their family to go to college and they've got double the smarts. Both will be graduating top of their class.

"I hate Cs,” Skylar said. “I only strive for As and Bs."

It wasn't easy, but when coursework was challenging, the twins said they were glad they could lean on each other.

"If I don't understand something, she's there, and vice versa," Skylar said. "We don't always agree, but at the end of the day, she's my sister, and we're always there for each other."

The Tyson twins said they're proud to see their classmates moving forward with their education as well. Andrew Jackson will continue the college signing day ceremony in hopes to inspire to rising seniors to go to college.