Seeing double?

By Elyssa Parnell

March 24, 2014

PROSPERITY — The familiar tune of “anything you can do, I can do better” takes on a new sound when it comes to the potential competitive personalities of twins.

This unique sibling rivalry happens quite often at Mid-Carolina Middle School with their 18 sets of twins and one set of triplets, making up around 15 percent of their student body of 603.

Principal Deedee Westwood stumbled across the unique situation earlier this year when she was meeting with other staff from the school and one of the teachers mentioned mixing up a set of twins during their class.

“I started naming them off, wondering just how many we had here,” Westwood said.

Westwood said she then asked their attendance clerk to run off a report by birthdays, discovering just how many the school had as a whole, the majority of nine sets coming from feeder school, Pomaria Garmany Elementary.

“That’s a good chunk of our students,” Westwood said.

Who’s who

Although no set of twins or triplets from the school are identical, even being fraternal twins, most agree that students Sidney and Annie Tindall resemble each other most closely.

Annie recalled a time when they played tricks on teachers just because they could.

“I remember going to the bathroom at the same time as Sidney in elementary school and then we came back and switched classes to confuse the teacher,” Annie said. “We never got caught.”

The same situation happened during roll call of a chorus class the girls shared this year. Chorus teacher Brittany Allison said she was unaware that the two had even switched places until they told her the story later on.

Growing up, Annie said the two of them shared everything, including birthday cakes. She recalled a time when their cake was split down the middle — one half was strawberry, while the other half had a Spongebob theme.

While she describes herself as more reserved, Annie said her sister Sidney can be more “sassy” than she is. “We say things at the same time,” she said.

Annie and Sidney are in the eighth grade at MCMS.

What’s it like?

Seventh grader Reagan White has a different experience than most of her peers as she is one of three — in a set of fraternal triplets.

Reagan said that she and her sisters Margaret (Maggie) and Kyndal are all very different.

“Maggie gets worked up about things, Kyndal is laid back, and I’m somewhere in the middle,” Reagan said.

Although Reagan said sometimes it’s nice to share, you may not get as many things when you’re a triplet. One thing for sure, Reagan said it was never boring always having someone to play with or talk to.

The three of them sometimes even have similar dreams, Reagan said. She said her parents have shared stories with the three of them of them all crying, or saying similar things while sound asleep.

Jerel Dewalt said he and his sister Jena were born five minutes apart. The two have gotten the nicknames of “Jack” and “Jill” while growing up.

Being fraternal twins, Jerel said he and his sister are very different, yet similar in nature. They’re both athletic. Jerel plays basketball, while Jena plays softball and is involved with cheerleading.

Teaching Twins

Allison said that in her chorus classes alone, she teaches two sets of twins and the set of triplets. In all instances, Allison said she teaches the sets in the same class.

Among one set of twins she teaches, Allison said she’s noticed that both were outgoing, although one seemed louder than the other.

“When one of them is absent, the other seems to be a bit more subdued than usual, but it often depends on the reason for the other one’s absence,” Allison said. “When one is sick, they definitely act a bit more melancholy.”

In another set she teaches, Allison said they have very different friends, although they get along well together while at school. Allison said they also tend to take after one another.

“When one is hurt, the other becomes very anxious and sometimes upset,” Allison said. “I have found that when one goes to the nurse, the other comes up with a reason why they need to go to the nurse”

Although very similar in nature at times, Allison said she’s noticed that in the three groups she teaches, they all seem to do their own thing with their own friends, yet still find ways to stand up for one another.

Westwood said she’s enjoyed seeing their features change in several sets as they’ve grown from sixth grade until eighth grade. She said they can also be very competitive academically from year to year.

“They all come from great families, and are great kids,” Westwood said.