For Mike and Michelle, the years have gone by rapidly. It seemed like it wasn't long ago that they were young fox
pups, like their youngest brother. Now, in their senior year at Fox Valley High and just turning 18, Mike
and Michelle were nearly ready to begin their extremely long adult lives (see Episode 5-3*).
On their 18th birthday, Todd had given partial ownership of the TV network (now known as IBN) to Mike.
Mike would get full ownership of the network after graduation from high school. By that time, Todd had enough money
saved to retire and he planned on moving the family to Fox Valley City after graduation. Even though they were
now full-grown, Mike and Michelle remained extremely close to each other and he gave half of his share to his twin
sister. Todd didn't mind Mike sharing the network with Michelle, as long as it stayed within the family.
During the remainder of their senior year in high school, both Mike and Michelle received the "Golden Oak" award
from Oakwood college (See Episode 6-1), which included a $1,000,000 scholarship for each sibling. Even though Mike and
Michelle were extremely intelligent** and didn't necessarily need to go to college, they both decided to take the offer.
In addition to the scholarship, Mike also received offers from IFL teams to join right after high school. Mike wanted
to play in the IFL; but education came first to him and he told the recruits that he wanted to get his degree first, before
committing to the IFL (which didn't take very long...see Episode 6-1a).
The final few months of the school year went by fast, and before long it was graduation day. Mike and Michelle
were the valedictorians of their class (each with a 4.33 GPA*). As he promised earlier, Todd
retired almost immediately after Mike and Michelle graduated and gave Mike full ownership of the network. As he had
done before, Mike immediately gave Michelle half of the network, knowing that working together would make it more successful.
After the graduation ceremony, Mike and Michelle returned to their childhood home in Mason City as their parents moved into
a new house in Fox Valley City, so they could be with Jennie and also to raise their 1-year old son in a less hectic environment.
End of Act 6