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Hampton twins earn national academic honors

Submitted - Michael Planich
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Michael Planich
Submitted - Cheyenne Planich
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Cheyenne Planich
By Bethany Hofstetter
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Two Hampton High School siblings are being recognized for their intelligence by two national organizations.

Twins Cheyenne and Michael Planich, 16, of Hampton, recently were accepted into the National Society for High School Scholars and American Mensa.

“It's an honor to be in the groups,” Cheyenne said.

The National Society for High School Scholars is an invitation-only organization for high school students who score a 1750 or higher on the SATs, 200 or higher on the PSATs, 26 or higher on the ACTs, a 4 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam, a 5 or higher on an International Baccalaureate exam, have a 3.5 grade-point average or higher or are in the top 10 percent of their class.

The society has a total membership of more than 844,000.

To qualify for Mensa, an applicant must score in the top 2 percent of the general population on any one of the more than 200 accepted standardized intelligence tests.

American Mensa has more than 57,000 members and is the largest national Mensa operating under Mensa International Ltd. with more than 100,000 members worldwide.

“It's weird to think about,” said Michael of both he and his sister being accepted to both organizations.

“It's such a rare thing for someone to be in both organizations, to be related to someone in both organizations is a rare thing.”

Michael plays violin in the Hampton High School orchestra.

He is involved in the school's German club, leadership program and global leadership program.

He also is a teaching assistant for CCD religious education classes at St. Catherine of Sweden.

Cheyenne plays clarinet in the Hampton High School band.

She is involved in the French club and leadership program at the school.

She also is a teaching assistant for CCD religious education classes at St. Catherine of Sweden.

Michael and Cheyenne are the children of Kathleen Planinich of Hampton and Mike Planinich of Florida.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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