May 20, 2011
Sunday, Andover Central parents will be seeing double, as six sets of twins will walk across the stage to graduate.
The twins are part of a class of only 188, but still, 12 of them will graduate with one other person who shares their last name, their birthday, in some cases their exact same DNA.
"Sometimes we'll be thinking the same thing without even... just talking to each other, and we've got it. In some weird way our feelings and emotions are in sync," said identical twins Paul and Michael Bond, finishing each others' sentences even as they answered our questions.
The group says going through school with a twin does have its perks.
"Double the cake!" said Evan Payne. As for his sister, Emily, she says, "Just kind of being there for each other and always having that person to lean on."
"Probably sharing clothes and shoes and everything since we're pretty much the same size," said Gina Cernohous. Her sister, Bailey, agreed, "I definitely like sharing all of our clothes all the time. She yells at me but it's nice."
"Just always having each other, like together, going into high school together was really easy, and middle school," said Jessica Duerr. Her brother, Justin, added, "because you always have someone you know, wherever you are."
The six sets of twins are friends not only with their siblings, but also with the other twins in their grade. They've gone to the same school for seven years, and they've all been in the same district since elementary school.
"It's just been a spectacular ride over the past couple years. We've been truly grateful to have those people with us," said Paul Bond.
Now that the twins' ride at Andover Central is over, most will be separating for college. Some say it won't be so bad.
"No not really. We'll keep in touch," said Boston Stiverson. His sister, Brae agreed, "We'll see each other a lot anyways."
But others say it could be the biggest adjustment of their lives.
"Yes very much so," said Johanna Ramirez. But her sister, Carmen, added, "But they have Skype. So, Skype's a beautiful thing."