Class of 2012 includes seven sets of twins
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Class of 2012 graduation ceremony may have guests at times feel like they are seeing double.
Seven sets of twins, including two who are identical, are slated to take part in the F-M graduation ceremony that begins 6 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse. There are 385 candidates for graduation.
Each set of twins is college bound; however, none of the twins are attending the same institution as their sibling. They acknowledge it will be an adjustment, as they for the first time will find themselves on their own without their other half.
“We’re so used to seeing each other right when we wake up and when we go to sleep,” said Hannah Bucklin, who has a fraternal twin, Mary.
Many of the twins say their siblings are their calendars, alarm clocks, chauffeurs, social secretaries and best friends.
“It’s going to be different not always having someone to rely on,” said Arianna Beers, who has an identical twin, Charlotte.
There are definite perks to being a twin, like sharing clothes, said fraternal twins Erin and Shannon DaRin. But there are drawbacks, too.
“Sharing a car is the worst,” Erin said.
Identical twins Harry and Teddy Rube said they made a pact not to talk to each other for a month about the colleges they were considering attending. When the time came to announce their final decision, they counted to three and spoke at the same time.
Bowdoin College for Harry. Bates College for Teddy. Both start with the letter B and both are in Maine.
Fraternal twin brothers Casey and Sawyer Konys chose schools geographically close together to make visiting easier on their parents. Casey will be attending Colgate University in Hamilton, and Sawyer plans to attend Hamilton College in Clinton.
However, they said their mother is already concerned about their college graduations, which are slated to take place at the same time on the same day – about nine minutes away from each other.
Twins Kathleen and Christopher Winschel have already started to prepare for being separated in the fall. Kathleen, who plans to attend Ithaca College, had Christopher set up her Skype account so she can see and talk to him while he’s in Virginia at the University of Virginia.
Although Matt and Sarah Wells haven’t been in the same classes as many of the twins have, it was nice to have a sibling in the same grade, sharing similar experiences, Matt said.
“There’s always someone there for you,” he said.
All of the twins said they think their parents will have a tough time when their children leave for college.
Harry and Teddy – who not only look alike but sound alike and share the same mannerisms and sense of humor – had one request of their parents for when the brothers leave for college: “Don’t replace us with dogs.”
Where are they going?
Arianna Beers: Connecticut College, Conn.
Charlotte Beers: Hamilton College, NY
Hannah Bucklin: University of Pennsylvania, Pa.
Mary Bucklin: University of Rochester, NY
Erin DaRin: Nazareth College, NY
Shannon DaRin: Pennsylvania State University College of Liberal Arts, Pa.
Casey Konys: Colgate University, NY
Sawyer Konys: Hamilton College, NY
Harry Rube: Bowdoin College, Maine
Teddy Rube: Bates College, Maine
Sarah Wells: SUNY Binghamton, NY
Matt Wells: Mercyhurst College, Pa.
Christopher Winschel: University of Virginia, Va.
Kathleen Winschel: Ithaca College School of Health and Sciences and Human Performance, NY
Photo 1 caption: Bottom row, from the left, Harry and Teddy Rube and Sawyer and Casey Konys. Second row, from the left, Kathleen and Christopher Winschel. Third row, from the left, Charlotte and Arianna Beers and Mary and Hannah Bucklin. Top row, from the left, Matt and Sarah Wells and Erin and Shannon DaRin.
F-M's 2012 class includes seven sets of twins- NewsChannel 9, 6-14-12