Published Online: June 18, 1997

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One, two

Some twins do everything together--including graduating at the top of their class.

Kelly and Sarah Turner of Walworth, Wis., did a one-two sweep of Big Foot High School's Class of 1997.

"Our class is so competitive, but things just kind of worked out this way," Kelly, who was ranked No. 1, said in an interview last week.

She and her sister have no plans to separate anytime soon. They will spend their summer in Europe with the school's jazz band, and then will enroll at Harvard University this fall.

The twin Hsieh sisters pulled off the same feat at Tokay High School in Stockton, Calif. Kristine Hsieh was named valedictorian, just ahead of Karen.

"It's a nice honor," Karen said, "but it's really important to have a strong academic foundation."

The Hsiehs both plan to study physiology at the University of California-Davis.

Ideal schools

At the Jane Goodall Nature School, students study in outdoor classrooms filled with trees, plants, and wildlife. Famous poets make special visits to teach poetry classes, and even subjects such as dance and language are tied to the school's one overarching theme: nature.

For now, the school exists only as the vision of Meg Fitzpatrick and Tara Willis, two 9-year-old Chicago students who presented their idea for an ideal school in Paris last week during the Fourth Annual Children's Summit.

The summit, which is jointly sponsored by the Walt Disney Co. and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, brought together more than 600 students from 40 countries to pen a "Charter for Society."

Tara and Meg are two of 13 youths from the United States and Canada who won places at the summit after submitting entries for a contest that challenged students 7 to 14 years old to describe their ideal school. The winning entries were chosen out of more than 7,000 submissions from 15,000 children.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES & JESSICA L. SANDHAM

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