McMurtry sisters credit sports, Summit High IB program en route to valedictorian, salutatorian honors

McMurtry sisters credit sports, Summit High IB program en route to valedictorian, salutatorian honors

SILVERTHORNE – Nearly two decades before the novel coronavirus pandemic, Summit High School seniors Jordan and Jenevieve McMurtry were born into a time period with its own trauma. When the identical twins were born on Oct. 25, 2001, it was in the wake of the September 11 attacks. They started their journeys months after their older sister, Jessica, at younger than 2-years-old, pointed up at their mother Jeanette’s ultrasound and excitedly yelled out “two!” That was the moment Jeanette and her husband, John, realized they’d be bringing not one, but two more McMurtrys into the world. It was a place which, after Sept. 11, 2001, was a tough experience for Jeanette and the family that put the importance of mental strength in perspective. “It was emotional,” Jeanatte said, “thinking this world is so chaotic and thinking of what to expect. What kind of world we’re bringing the kids into. So one of the things we tried to teach them — 9/11 or not — is you can’t control things that happen in this world, but you can control how you respond. And one of the things I’ve noticed about these girls is they are extremely resilient. They are dedicated in school, in sports, and they know you have to get back on the saddle, get back on the ski chair, go back to the top of the course.” Like the rest of their friends, classmates and teammates at Summit High School, the McMurtry twins have done their best to show resiliency over ...
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