‘We all want the best for each other’

Triplets named valedictorians at De La Salle, Regina

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published May 15, 2018

 From left, triplets Adam, Lauren and Megan Ross were named valedictorians at their schools. Adam attends De La Salle Collegiate High School, and Lauren and Megan attend Regina High School.

From left, triplets Adam, Lauren and Megan Ross were named valedictorians at their schools. Adam attends De La Salle Collegiate High School, and Lauren and Megan attend Regina High School.

Photo by Deb Jacques

WARREN — The end of the 2017-18 school year is one of significance for Megan, Lauren and Adam Ross.

Not only are the triplets all graduating from high school this month, the siblings have all been named as valedictorians at their respective schools. 

Adam, a student at De La Salle Collegiate High School, and Lauren and Megan, who attend Regina High School, are all graduating at the top of the class.

De La Salle is an all-boys Catholic school and Regina is an all-girls Catholic school. Both are located in Warren. 

Adam is graduating with a 4.5 GPA and his sisters each have a 4.3 GPA.

“It’s nice to be recognized for all the work you’ve done through high school,” Adam said. 

“It’s a reflection of my hard work,” Lauren said. “It’s proof I can do what I set my mind to.”

None of the siblings set out to become valedictorians, but they have always been dedicated to their academics. 

“It’s just our work ethic is strong. We were always pushed to do our best,” Adam said. 

That encouragement came from their mom, Kelly Adams, who raised the triplets as a single mother. The brother and sisters remember their mom always doing flash cards with them on subjects such as math and science. In addition, Adams also made sure Lauren, Megan and Adam were treated as individuals. 

The triplets — who turn 18 on May 19 — were born in San Antonio, Texas. They moved to Massachusetts and, later, eventually settled in Michigan — first living in New Baltimore before moving to their current residence in Grosse Pointe Woods. Lauren is the oldest, with Megan next, followed by Adam. And while each Ross sibling has a competitive nature, they also inspire each other and cheer one another on in everyday life. 

“We all want the best for each other,” Megan said. 

Religion has also played a strong role in their upbringing.

“Our faith has always been a big part of our lives,” Lauren said. “It’s important to have that foundation when you go out in the world.”

While academics were at the forefront for the siblings, they also participated in sports and extracurricular activities at Regina and De La Salle. 

Lauren and Megan played on the volleyball, basketball and softball teams, and were in the National Honor Society. The sisters were also part of the school’s peer ministry group and on the Eucharistic ministry team. Adam played on the tennis team, participated in student council, mock trial, Model United Nations and made a difference doing volunteer work with Repair the World. 

The triplets are also members of the youth group at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores — where they perform service projects, and help with game nights, activities and vacation bible school.

According to Regina Principal Ann Diamond, Megan and Lauren are the epitome of what a Regina Saddlelite stands for. 

“They came in as young, sweet girls and are leaving as confident, strong young women who are grounded in their faith,” Diamond said. “They are role models in and out of the classroom and I am extremely proud of who they have become and the accomplishments they have achieved at Regina.”

Adam was very involved while at De La Salle.

“Everybody knows Adam. He’s probably been one of the most dedicated scholars we’ve had in recent memory,” assistant principal Christopher Dean said. “He’s been a mentor and a friend to a lot of his classmates and the underclassmen. They’ve come to appreciate his dedication.”

Regina athletic director Diane Laffey got to know the family over the years.

“They’re great kids,” she said. “Adam has been around a lot of the games. He supports (Megan and Lauren). He’s good to them, and they support him, too. Their mom has done a tremendous job with them.” 

All three students are grateful for their high school experiences.

“I loved it here,” Megan said. “I love all the people I’ve met.”

“I’ll miss all the friends I’ve made here,” Lauren said. 

Megan and Lauren have plans to attend the University of Detroit Mercy. The sisters received a Catholic High School League scholarship from the Doris & Donald Duchene Foundation. Megan is interested in nursing, while Lauren aspires to “explore the field of engineering.”

Adam will attend the University of Michigan on a full scholarship.

“Right now, I’m leaning toward economics or biophysics or biomedical engineering,” he said. While he is looking forward to the future, Adam also realizes he will live apart from his sisters for the first time and that will be an adjustment. But their strong bond will keep them close.

“We’ve been together since we were born,” Lauren said. “We never needed play dates because we always had each other at home.”

“Just living with them for so long, you get to know them inside and out,” Megan said. “You can tell when something is wrong.”

Regina has a total of seven valedictorians this year. Joining Megan and Lauren are Erin Hallman, Lena Vushaj, Amy Kehoe, Madeline Simon and Lucia VanBerkum.

Regina’s commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 24 at St. Isidore in Macomb Township, and De La Salle’s ceremony is set for May 21 at Grace Christian Church in Sterling Heights.