SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School celebrated Spirit Week with a designated “Twin Day.”
The festivity encouraged hundreds of Cavaliers to dress identical to one another, which prompted Principal Valerie Hairston to showcase the 24 sets of actual twins at her school.
“I noticed we had many sets of twins at our school last school year, but we never counted them,” Hairston said. “Twin Day was the perfect opportunity to highlight our current twin and triplet students. I think it’s very cool that we have so many and I would find it incredible if anyone would have more.”
Hernando was the middle school with the greatest twin count; however, Montwood High School topped its number with 30 sets of twins. Districtwide, SISD enrolled 503 sets of twins and 10 sets of triplets during the 2019-2020 school year.
Sandra Andrade, a teacher at Dr. Sue A. Shook, the elementary with the most twins (19 sets), said having multiples in class is special because they get to witness the unique bond these students share.
“It’s neat to see how close they are and how much they care for each other,” Andrade said. “I sit the twins in opposite sides of the room but as soon as we line up, or when we go to the carpet, they are drawn back to each other.”
To differentiate identical students, Andrade looks closely at their hair, shoes and the color of their uniform polo.
“It helps when moms do their hair differently,” she said. “I pay close attention to the smallest of details to tell them apart.”
“My brother Steven and I are complete opposites … we are like night and day,” said Jacklyn Terrazas, a senior. “He has a soft, calm tone and I’m crazy and vibrant. We complement each other, and we are a perfect match.”
An SISD trio concurs. The students are enrolled in different programs and schools; one is in the Health Professions Academy at Socorro High School, another in the Socorro Early College program and the third sibling is part of Eastlake’s School of Advanced Technology Applications.
“My brothers and I are very different and we don’t agree on a lot of things but
I’m proud to be a triplet,” said Monica Guerra. “I was very shocked when I heard that we had that many twins and triplets. It’s nice to be part of the group.”
With multiples being prevalent in schools, twin and triplet students want to set the record straight.
“People have a misconception that we do everything the same or they think we can read each other’s mind,” Steven Terrazas said. “We share parents and we share a birthday, but we don’t have magical powers. What I can say is that we are close, and as the years progress our bond continues to grow.”