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Double the smarts: Woodbury twins make dean’s list

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Like all twins, Woodbury residents Sydney and Sophia Grindland do everything together : celebrate their birthdays, study together, draw together and go to movies together. 

The Grindland sisters, who are high school juniors, have done one more thing together – they both made the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Century College, where they are both Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students. 

“We’re so used to getting high grades on things, it almost felt like not that much of an accomplishment,” Sophia said. “I don’t want to sound conceited, but we’re so used to getting good grades that it wasn’t such a huge deal.” 

To be placed on the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade-point averages of 3.75 or better and being taking at least 12 credits. The Grindlands each achieved a GPA of 4.0.

In addition to the Dean’s List, Sydney and Sophia were both invited to become members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the world’s largest honor society for community college students. 

The girls were inducted into Century College’s chapter, called Alpha Alpha Gamma, at a ceremony on March 13. 



Sydney and Sophia decided to go into PSEO after Math and Science Academy, where they previously attended, started to become too overwhelming. 

“Tenth grade is usually the hardest the year for (Math and Science Academy,” Sydney said, “so that probably contributed to it.” 

 “It was just very rigorous – there was one time where we had eight tests in one week,” Sophia said. “It got kind of overwhelming and it we thought it would be better to do PSEO.” 

Both girls said having the other when they made the transition proved to be helpful in adjusting from high school to college. 

“We sort of had a buddy at all times,” Sydney said. 

“It was definitely easier to have someone you knew,” Sophia said. 

The girls’ mother, Kathy Boyes, agrees. 

“It was an easier leap going from high school to a college setting because they held hands and leapt together,” she said. “A little courage came from one another.” 

Sydney and Sophia said the biggest adjustment at Century College was just having a bigger campus with larger classes. 

“At first it was just getting over the fact of it being a bigger campus,” Sydney said. “After that point it wasn’t that much different really.” 

In fact, the girls said they ultimately really liked being on the larger campus with older students. 

“Unlike high school we could just be where we wanted to be,” Sydney said. “We didn’t have a set schedule. 

“Plus, I think it’s really great to be among people who are more mature,” Sophia said. 

Sydney and Sophia said they intend to continue with PSEO for their senior year.

AS PSEO students, their credits will transfer back to MSA for graduation requirements. 



For the fall semester Sydney and Sophia took four classes, or 15 credits, which met every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Since the girls were in all of the same classes together – visual communication technology, Spanish, composition and history – studying was a lot easier. 

“It’s easier to study for an exam if you have someone else asking the questions,” Sophia said. 

However, being Twins has also caused Sophia and Sydney to have a friendly competition with each other. 

“It’s not so much being better than the other,” Sophia said, “but being exactly the same as the other.” 

“But, if you’re the one that did better,” Sydney said, “you usually feel guilty about it.”


Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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