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When it comes to grades, three Realinas are a triple threat

From left: Karmichael, Janelle and Jillian Realina take a break from homework at Universal Studios Florida.

From left: Karmichael, Janelle and Jillian Realina take a break from homework at Universal Studios Florida.

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When it comes to academics, the three Realinas are a force to be reckoned with.

Freshman Janelle, eighth-grader Jillian and seventh-grader Karmichael are all in honor society, and all in MATHCOUNTS.

They all manage to keep straight A’s and maintain a 4.0 G.P.A. And all three take honors or advanced courses: Jillian and Karmichael study advanced language arts and algebra; and Janelle takes geometry and advanced language arts.

But they didn’t get this far by themselves. Their parents, Jerlyn and Randall Realina, set high standards for their kids. They also limit phone time, which is okay since Janelle, Jillian and Karmichael would rather be reading, anyway.

“Formal education will make you a living,” Jerlyn Realina said. “Self-education will make you a fortune.”

In addition to her parents, Janelle credits peer pressure from having smart friends who do well in school.

All three are active in sports. Janelle plays on the varsity volleyball team and for the YMCA. Jillian also plays volleyball at the Y. And Karmichael spends time playing basketball at home, where he is often joined by his sisters.

All three plan to go to college. Neither sister has settled on a career, but Karmichael wants to be a doctor.

“I always try to do my best to get the best grades,” Jillian said. “My parents always encourage me to be the best.”

 

 

 

 

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