Currently, there are three twins attending Griswold High School, two of which are related and attend the school together, while the third’s twin goes to Weston-McEwen High School.
Caleb and Zach Mann, Helix Seniors, are attending Griswold together after spending a year apart. The two enjoy attending the same school “Just, having that aspect of there’s always someone there who shares a similar perspective with you and understands a lot of the same things you do, ‘cause you’ve been around them so much,” said Caleb Mann.
Twins have been in school together for about as long as school has existed, and parents have been worrying about their children’s education for even longer, and some parents are worried about what to do with their twins regarding education. Should they go to a different school? Should they go to the same school? How will this play out? What’s the best way for my children to receive their education? It can be hard to figure out what will help a child turn into a functioning member of society in a way that won’t make them feel like they have to compete for everything.
Some twins, like Caleb Mann, don’t like being separated from their twin. “Not having that sort of person that you can just go to whenever you need to talk to someone and can understand you -- just lots of little things like that that build up,” Mann said.
Others, like Ace Jensen, a freshman at Weston-McEwen High School in Athena, prefer not having their twin with them, but they do admit that there are some setbacks to not having their twin with you. “I get annoyed easily, so not having Kerry [her twin] to, like, help me through this stuff,” said Jensen.
But there are upsides to not attending the same school, like less confusion between who’s who. “People mixing our names up. I had to cut, basically all my hair off for them to finally [call me by my name],” said Jensen when talking about things that bothered them when they were with their twin.
Often times twins are put in the same school, something that can affect them in different ways. Some twins feel like they can’t become their own person because they’re always being compared to their twin, others like being near their twin because they know they have a friend who probably knows them better than anyone.
Twins’ feelings differ, and parents should know that there is no easy way to decide what’s best for them, but what everyone should keep in mind is all twins are different and they are all their own persons with their own distinct personalities. Jensen offered advice for those who cannot tell twins apart and urges people to try not to get their names mixed up. “Try and find the difference, and don’t just chalk up you not saying our names correctly due to the fact that we’re twins,” said Jensen.