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Siblings bond over books, good grades

By Carolina Astrain
March 16, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2013 at 10:16 p.m.

Siblings Kayla and Harrison Garrett are past recipients of the Victoria school district's Board Excellence Award.

Harrison Garrett, 19, remembers when he first felt like he could start having real conversations with his younger sister, Kayla Garrett, 15.

All it took was a few reads of "Harry Potter," to help bridge a relationship strained by three years of maturity and life experience.

"We were able to develop a common ground through books," the Baylor University freshman said. "'Harry Potter' was the first book we shared in common, and the 'Legend of Drizzt' brought us even closer."

Ever since she can remember, the Victoria West High School sophomore said, she's always looked up to her older brother.

While sipping away on frappuccinos Thursday afternoon at Starbucks off Navarro Street and Zac Lentz Highway, the Garrett siblings wore sterling silver necklaces only worn by Victoria West marching band members.

When asked what they stood for, Garrett responded in serious tone, "The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club."

Garrett was in town for spring break from Waco.

"He's always been an inspiration to me because he's not afraid to be who he is and express his ideas," Kayla said. "It's not so much that I live under a shadow, but more like I have to fulfill one."

Kayla said she is tied for the sophomore salutatorian spot at her high school.

The eldest brother walked away from his high school graduation as salutatorian and a six-time recipient of the Victoria school district Board Excellence Award.

The award is given to students for achieving good grades, a minimum amount of unexcused absences and overall conduct.

"Sibling rivalry is a social convention," remarked the freshman mechanical engineering major. "There's a difference between being competitive and making it all about the competition."



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