The temptation to make a joke about of us pondering they’re seeing double throughout Watkins Memorial Excessive College commencement ceremonies on Might 22 is a robust one.
That is as a result of the Watkins Class of 2021, totaling about 340 graduates, contains an astonishing 9 units of twins.
We spoke to a number of of them in regards to the expertise of rising up and going to highschool collectively, and what comes subsequent as some go in several instructions, and others transfer onto faculty collectively.
Pollocks heading south for school
Alexa and Austin Pollock, who stay within the Baltimore space of the district, have spent their instructional lives collectively developing via the Southwest Licking College system.
Regardless of that, aside from some overlapping college time in center college, they are saying they’ve hardly ever sat in lessons collectively all through their public college schooling.
“At center college,” one twin stated beginning, and the opposite ending, “we had nearly each class collectively.”
Each plan to attend the College of Cincinnati. “We each simply favored it greater than others,” Alexa stated relating to the college’s choice.
Austin added they had been impressed by the college’s put up commencement efforts to assist place or to determine college students inside their supposed fields.
Alexa will examine nursing; Austin, engineering.
In highschool, Alexa cheered and performed basketball for 4 years, and competed in observe for 3.
Austin performed soccer his junior 12 months, performed baseball all 4 years, and ran cross nation.
Each stated they are going to miss highschool pals, though Alexa famous, “A number of our pals are going to Cincinnati.”
Frys certain for West Virginia schools
Lindsay and Peyton Fry are additionally merchandise of the SWL college system, from kindergarten to twelfth grade.
Lindsay will attend West Virginia College, and examine bodily remedy. “I am an athlete, additionally, and I’ve injured my ankles and needed to go to bodily remedy and I simply actually discovered a ardour for it,” she defined.
Lindsay participated in cheerleading at college, but in addition via a membership program in competitors. Peyton additionally cheered.
Peyton will attend West Liberty College, additionally in West Virginia, and plans to check dental hygiene. The college, she stated, “has probably the greatest dental hygiene packages within the nation.”
Acknowledging they are going to be in the identical state once more for school, they joked, “there’s simply sufficient distance” between the 2 faculties.
They agreed they each will miss Watkins soccer Friday nights.
Frasure-Lauths centered on aerospace, engineering
Madeline Frasure-Lauth will likely be attending Purdue College the place she will likely be specializing in aerospace research. “I’ve at all times excelled in and actually loved science and math, and I really like area, so it is all three of these issues, all collectively…. I just like the unknown.”
Her ambition is to at some point be affiliated with NASA.
Her twin brother, Gabe, will likely be finding out mechanical engineering at The Ohio State College. His curiosity within the subject was sparked by college internships. “That form of opened my eyes to loads of it.”
These internships included stints at THK Manufacturing and Amazon. “They had been each good experiences,” Gabe stated.
As with another twins who got here up via the district’s Ok-12 programming, most of their lessons have been aside, apart from a interval in center college when there was substantial overlap, they stated.
They’ve had somewhat extra time collectively their senior 12 months via band participation.
Extracurricular pursuits Gabe has pursed embody robotics, stage crew, fall play and marching band. “I positively made essentially the most of it,” he stated.
Gabe acknowledged COVID has taken quite a bit from their junior and senior years. “I am completely satisfied that we turned no less than somewhat bit extra regular, this 12 months,” Gabe stated.
The household enterprise
Elijah Stephens was in lessons at C-TEC on Might 11, however his twin brother, Clive Stephens, Jr., was accessible to debate their time in Southwest Licking Faculties.
A lot of the Stephens brothers’ schooling has come via the SWL district.
Clive’s subsequent step following commencement will see him becoming a member of an apprenticeship on the Plumbing and Pipefitters Native Union 189, “to be taught the commerce of plumbing and pipefitting and serving to out my dad’s enterprise.”
Their father owns his personal firm, referred to as “Clive Stephens Plumbing,” primarily based within the Baltimore space.
In response to Clive, his twin Eli “will proceed in a jobs program for particular wants youngsters as a result of he is on the autism spectrum.”
Chatting with the previous couple of years underneath pandemic situations, Clive stated, “I’ve performed soccer all 4 years of highschool. I began on JV throughout my freshman 12 months…after which for the remainder of the years I’ve at all times been a starter. I performed two years of basketball for freshman and sophomore 12 months.”
Clive additionally participated in observe all 4 years of highschool, competing in shotput and discus.
Clive added, “A few of my different achievements? I turned promenade king this 12 months. Actually, our promenade queen was a twin, as effectively.”
Burns twins headed to completely different Ohio campuses
Grace and Chris Burns will likely be staying in Ohio for school, although at completely different faculties.
The Burns’, who stay in Baltimore, have been within the SWL college district since kindergarten.
Chris was unavailable for an interview Might 11, however Grace stated Chris will likely be attending Ohio College.
For her half, Grace intends to check at The Ohio State College College of Cosmetology.
“I work at a hair salon as a receptionist and curiosity for it simply grew increasingly,” Grace stated.
Senior 12 months has been a bit exhausting underneath COVID and when it comes to issues that could not occur throughout the pandemic, she stated.
“The college system dealt with it very effectively,” Grace stated. “We had been at all times five-days-a-week with COVID, so I did not really feel like I missed out on college stuff. I’ve at all times loved Watkins and at all times signed up for further occasions and was in scholar council for 4 years.”
Grace additionally performed tennis at Watkins.
Her brother Chris additionally served on scholar council for 4 years, and performed tennis.
Issues about highschool she’ll miss? “I’ve met loads of good folks right here…loads of good friendships. The lecturers have all at all times been actually good. I’ve at all times loved all of them.”
Twins Carly and Koby Householder will likely be staying shut collectively after they begin faculty at Bowling Inexperienced.
The Pataskala twins are additionally SWL college system “life-timers.” Their dad and mom are educators with Pickerington Faculties.
Carly plans to be an elementary college educator. That is partly the affect of her dad and mom’ careers, and “I simply had such an excellent expertise at Southwest Licking; it sparked my curiosity.”
Koby may even be pursuing an schooling main at Bowling Inexperienced, with the intention of turning into a highschool math trainer.
Carly “performed varsity soccer for all 4 years, after which observe for 2 years.” She additionally carried out in the highschool musical one 12 months.
Koby performed varsity soccer for 3 years, “and my freshman 12 months I used to be the kicker for the soccer crew.”
Each House owners additionally participated in ski membership.
Bowling Inexperienced was their shared faculty selection due to the folks there, and other people they’ve recognized who’ve attended the faculty, together with their father. “They’re very right down to earth folks, form of like Pataskala folks,” Koby stated.
The twins have lengthy shared a bed room of their household house, and will likely be sharing a dorm room collectively at Bowling Inexperienced.
The Watkins Excessive College Class of 2021 twins embody: