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Triplets Graduate At Top of Class

It's safe to say intelligence runs in the Ladner family. Triplets Jessica, Travis and Tyler all graduated from Harrison Central this year--at the top of their class.

"I gave the valedictorian speech. My brother gave the salutatorian speech, and it was just interesting for both us because we both watched our speeches, and it was really interesting that we both had the two speeches, and we got to watch them, the same family," Travis Ladner said.

If academics was show business, the Ladners would be considered a triple threat. Travis is Harrison Central's 2007 valedictorian. His brother Tyler is salutatorian, and their sister Jessica graduated with high honors.

"Anyone can do anything as long as you can get an education, and you don't even have to pay for it," Jessica Ladner said.

This is a principle that their parents instilled in their children from a young age.

"Ever since we were little, my father Jake, always talked about our education. He didn't have the education that we were able to have because he had to work hard all his life, doing all sorts of different jobs that were really laborious. He just worked really hard and he didn't have to do that," Jessica said.

Jake Ladner passed away in March after a six year battle with cancer. Even though their father didn't make it to the graduation, his legacy lives on through his children.

"During the speech, I gave a tribute, at the end, I put my hand in the air and said I love you daddy, and I also mentioned him earlier in my speech as a personal tribulation in my life, in my high school years to go through something like that," Tyler Ladner said.

Travis is going to Vanderbilt to study neurology. Tyler plans to study biology and genetics at Mississippi State, and Amber also plans to attend Mississippi State to get a degree in education so she can influence young people just like her parents have.

By Toni Miles

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