Twin tennis stars combine to earn 96 dual enrollment credits while in high school

For twin sisters Alex and Brit Lay, the coming years will bring a different kind of experience – with Alex headed to LSU and Brit to Louisiana Christian University, for the first time the two will be attending different schools.

That wasn’t necessarily the plan, they say, but necessity – Brit is set study computer science at the collegiate level while Alex will major in chemical engineering, and each chose the school they felt best fit for those plans.

“(Louisiana Christian) is computer science-focused, and I think if our majors aligned a little differently, I’d be headed to LSU as well,” Brit said. “But I think the experience will be good for us. We didn’t necessarily have to socialize as much because we always had each other, and whenever we’re apart, we kind of develop our own way and find out more about ourselves.”

The two are both ahead of the game when it comes to college. Brit and Alex each put focus on taking dual-enrollment courses while at Destrehan – courses offered via partnerships between DHS and universities that allow students to earn both college and high school credits simultaneously. Combined, the two earned 96 credits through dual enrollment.

“Our parents talked to us about it early on … that it would benefit our education and the high school to college transition,” Alex said. “Attending those classes and focusing on that, instead of getting a job in high school, would save us more money in the long run, to get those college classes out of the way now and not later.”

But another benefit, each noted, was the experience of taking those classes cemented what each wanted to study at the next level – it allowed them to plan for a clear direction.

Satellite Center courses were also helpful in that regard, Brit said.

“The internship I worked on, through an interactive media class at the satellite center, that really helped me decipher the path I wanted to go on,” Brit said.

The two put together standout athletic careers on the tennis court at Destrehan. The sisters were the top ranked singles players on Destrehan’s tennis squad, each capturing first team All-District 7-I honors.

“That helped us not just on the court, but also developing life skills like endurance, focus, and the importance of cheering your teammates on,” Alex said. “If we were going to the regionals, it was like a mini-vacation and a fun experience … you go and see some really competitive players.”

Alex was a member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society and was Destrehan High School Principal Scholar Award winner. She was named District MVP on the tennis court, and was also second place in 2021’s non-fiction Young Authors competition.

Brit was a member of the National Honor Society and English Honor Society. She was a volunteer at the Satellite Center.

Engineering is something that’s intrigued Alex for a while.

“I have a passion for persevering for others … engineering is a way I can create and help people get more affordable products, and also push toward advances in health care,” she said.

Brit had the opportunity to shadow Austin Webre of the software company Envoc, enabling her to earn some hands-on experience in her prospective field.

She said participating in the Operation Spark program, which helps direct students interested in pursuing a career in software development, as a sophomore helped shape her path.

“That helped me realize how much I liked it and that it would be the best career for me to pursue,” Brit said. “The certifications I got from the class, for Photoshop and Illustrator, taught me a lot about the programs, and the job shadow opportunity I had was a big help as well.”

 

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