AUBURN — People are doing a lot of double takes at Edward Little High School.
“Every time I walk down the hallway, I say, ‘I just saw you,’ and, ‘I just saw you!” joked longtime Principal Jim Miller.
That’s because the halls are walked by 19 sets of twins and one set of triplets.
Most are fraternal but some are identical.
“It’s unusual to have this many,” Miller said. “Maybe it’s the drinking water.”
The senior class has six sets of twins: Charles and Thomas Cedre, Aurora and Ryan Deveau, Courtney and Kaleigh Moreau, Calli and Molly Murray, Luke and Seth Sterling and Abby and Kaileb Tremaine.
The junior class has three sets of twins and triplets: Kaitlyn, Kristyn and Kirstyn Pelletier. The twins are Molly and Emily Bean, Pamela and Andrea Monto, Bo and Kailey Norcross.
The sophomore class has five sets: Ian and Mason Brushwein, Alyssa and Marissa Clark, Austin and Noah Dumont, Haley and Hunter Knowlton, and Cassidy and Rebecca Perry-Weeks.
Freshmen sets of twins number five: Russell and Ryan Allen, Logan and Kegan Kenny, Megan and Makayla Perkett, Latrell and Terrell Thomas, Derek and Daniel Zhang.
Notice how many of the twin first names are similar? Bet the teachers love that.
The Pelletier triplets say they love being three, and giggle about reactions they get in public.
“People say, ‘Oh, my God, they’re triplets! They all look alike!’” Kaitlyn said.
But are they identical?
“We’re not sure,” Kaitlyn said. Or was it Kristyn? or Kirstyn?
Common greetings they hear at EL include, “I thought there were two of you; I didn’t know there was a third.” And from teachers: “How am I supposed to tell you apart?”
They offered a hint: Kristyn wears a lot of pink; Kirstyn prefers blue, and Kaitlyn purple.
Seniors Calli and Molly Murray are mirror-image identical. One’s left-handed, the other right. When they were little, their hair curled in opposite directions. Each is missing the opposite wisdom tooth.
People have trouble telling them apart. Calli said she’ll enter a second-period class to hear, ‘Oh, Molly!’ I say, ‘No, I’m Calli.’”
Boyfriends of the Murray sisters have gotten confused. “Like the time she was walked to class by the boy I was dating,” said Calli, or was that Molly? Before long, boyfriends can recognize the correct sister.
The twins play the same sports, hang out with similar friends and both work at Gritty’s. It does confuse some patrons, they said.
The best thing about being a twin, the girls said, is always having someone who will have your back, someone to support you.
Seniors Seth and Luke Sterling say sometimes they fight over clothes, but generally they get along. They like a lot of the same things: soccer, basketball and baseball.
When he coached Seth and Luke in baseball, Assistant Principal Scott Annear said he put an ‘L’ on Luke’s shirt and an ‘S’ on Seth’s. “I told them, ‘I’m not doing this to make fun of you; I don’t want to call you the wrong name.’”
Anne Bergeron, the school’s main office manager, said she’s noticed more twins in the past six years.
“We keep asking them, ‘Which one are you?’ We tell them, ‘By graduation time, we’ll have it figured out.’”