“They’re path breakers in every way,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg told the Miami Herald.
The Witherspoon twins developed a love for computers and Japanese art when they were little girls. They watched their older brother take devices apart and put them back together again. They would also watch him draw characters in the amine art style, a Japanese design.
Shalisha and Shonda Witherspoon with Professor Naphtali Rishe, who heads the High Performance Database Research Center
Shonda and Shalisha received their K-12 education through homeschooling, which was undertaken by their parents. Their story disproves the erroneously flawed theory that home-schooled children cannot be prepared properly for college.
The Witherspoon identical twins celebrate during their graduation.
When the pair began studying at FIU, it was the first time the both of them had ever been in a situation where they didn’t have an older brother or sister to watch over them. However, they quickly found their way and successfully engaged in an enriching educational experience.