By Alexandria Fabiano ’19 and Schuyler Farrell ’19

Every 3 in 100 births in the U.S are twins. As this statistic shows, twins are not very common, and yet, the sophomore class at a private high school in a small town in Maine happens to have four sets of twins. This small school is known as Lincoln Academy. The twins are Jenna and Jayden Gilbert, Sam and Kate Peters, Alison and Madeline York, Katherine and Kayleigh Tolley. These twins defy the rarity of twins.

We interviewed each of these students on the life of a twin. During the interrogation, we asked basic questions like, “what was it like to be a twin?,” and then questions like, “who was born first?,” or, “have you ever switched spots?”

York Twins

Madeline (L) and Alison (R) York are sophomore twins at Lincoln Academy

First, let’s start with the York twins. Alison and Madeline have lived in Maine their whole lives. After asking them a few questions, we found they were not the closest set of twins in the group. The first question that we asked was, “what is it like to be a twin?” “We don’t notice that much of a difference, it’s just like having another sibling,” they explained. A few of the next questions we asked consisted of  who was born first, and did they ever get mixed up at any age in their life? “Alison was born first,” Madeline says, and Alison explains, “We looked more alike when we were younger, so people mixed us up easier. Now we have different hair styles and had braces and different times to tell us apart.” Lastly, one of the more important questions that we expected to determined how the twins are really different than regular siblings, and that question is, “Do you think your life would be different without a twin?” Alison York answered this question as follows: “Yes, my life would be different because I wouldn’t have someone to do Driver’s Ed with, or even have someone to do anything with.”

This is a chart of questions we privately asked each twin and these are their answers compared.

Who is more…?

Alison’s Answers

Madeline’s Answers

athletic

Madeline

Madeline

adventurous

Alison

Alison

compassionate

Madeline

Madeline

generous

Alison

Madeline

practical

Alison

Madeline

resourceful

Alison

Alison

sincere

Madeline

Alison

witty

Madeline

Madeline

Peters Twins

Kate (L) and Sam (R) Peters are also sophomore twins at Lincoln Academy.

Our next set of twins are the Peters twins! The Peters are the only boy/girl twin set in the sophomore class that attends Lincoln Academy. We started with the same basic question for these two, “What is it like to be a twin?” Kate responded to this question with, “I think it is basically the same as just being brother and sister.” So far, the Yorks and the Peters have similar views on being a twin. “Most of the time, we are very close.” Kate explains. Moving forward, we asked the same last question again, “would your life be different without a twin?” They explain, “Yeah. It would probably be lonelier.”

Who is more…?

Kate’s Answers

Sam’s Answers

athletic

Sam

Sam

adventurous

Kate

Sam

compassionate

Kate

Kate

generous

Sam

Sam

practical

Sam

Kate

resourceful

Kate

Sam

sincere

Kate

Sam

witty

Sam

Kate

Tolley Twins

Katherine (L) and Kayleigh (R) Tolley are the third set of sophomore twins at LA.

Next we have the Tolley twins. Kayleigh and Katherine are both not only twins, but also big sisters to their younger sister Emma. When asked what it was like to be a twin, they replied, “Being a twin is awesome! You have a best friend from birth. They are someone you can always rely on to motivate you and keep you on the right path. You always have someone to laugh with and talk to, which is very nice. We always help each other out. We may argue or fight at times, but we are really close.” With these two being so close in their relationship, we were curious if they were more easily confused or not. They explained, “People definitely got confused with who was who when Katherine and I were younger. Looking at baby and toddler pictures of us I can’t even tell. We had the same haircut and wore similar clothes which made it harder. Today we are totally different and unique people (well we always were!) who try to differentiate from one another. We have a different clothes style, wear our hair different, and have a different overall manner. We do still get confused all the time though!” Next, we asked what they thought their lives would be like without each other, and Kayleigh replied, “My life would probably be TOTALLY different if I didn’t have a twin. Honestly I would probably be more outgoing not having Katherine to always fall back on. But I think I would be a total slacker and a not very pleasant person without her to yell at me and motivate me to try harder and make good choices. She also helps me with homework among other things, so it would be hard without her.”

Who is more…?

Kayleigh’s Answers

Katherine’s Answers

athletic

Kayleigh

Kayleigh

adventurous

Katherine

Kayleigh

compassionate

Katherine

Katherine

generous

Kayleigh

Katherine

practical

Katherine

Katherine

resourceful

Katherine

Katherine

sincere

Kayleigh

Kayleigh

witty

Kayleigh

Kayleigh

Gilbert Twins

Jayden (L) and Jenna (R) Gilbert are our fourth set of sophomore twins at Lincoln Academy

Lastly, we have the Gilbert twins. These two ladies have lived in Maine and are both well known around the town. The Gilbert’s views on being a twin comes as follows, “Being a twin is fun, sometimes. It’s nice because you always have a someone who understands you and just gets what you mean. It can be annoying, too. Sometimes Jenna and I argue over stupid things. I love that we know each other really well. Sometimes we say the same things at the same time and that can be freaky. When we go out to eat, we usually get the same thing, or similar things. Or at Starbucks, we usually always get the same thing. Sometimes it’s accidental, and sometimes we just copy each other.” The next question is a fun question that we only asked these girls: “do you share clothes?,” and, “did your parents ever dress you the same?” Jayden answers the first question as, “yes, not willingly though. I don’t like when Jenna comes in my closet because she always takes my new stuff. Sometimes she raids my makeup, which I sometimes don’t care. We don’t share clothes that often because Jenna wears mostly pinks and peaches and I wear mostly blues, grays, and stripes. People get confused if they see me wearing pink and Jenna wearing blue.” Jenna answer the next, “yes, our mom always had us in the same outfit. It was annoying and we did not like it. When we were like 7 we started dressing differently.” To sum things up, we asked the same last question, and Jayden answered, “as much as we argue or complain about each other, I honestly don’t know that I would do without Jenna! She’s my BFF even though I never say it.”

Who is more…?

Jayden’s Answers

Jenna’s Answers

athletic

Jayden

Jayden

adventurous

Jayden

Jenna

compassionate

Jenna

Jenna

generous

Jenna

Jenna

practical

Jayden

Jayden

resourceful

Jayden

Jayden

sincere

Jenna

Jenna

witty

Jayden

Jayden

Overall, twins are still very rare, but not in this small town in Maine! In this sophomore class, these eight students show success in academics and in their extracurriculars. These twins defy the odds of being rare and turn it into a trend. Here at Lincoln Academy, there are several other twins, these were just the main four featured in this article.

Alexandria Fabiano and Schuyler Farrell are sophomores at Lincoln Academy and members of the Yearbook and Communications Class.