South twins and triplets untwist assumptions

Hailey Cho and Lexi Babich

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In the vast population of GBS, students are connected by classes, friendships or blood. Many have older or younger siblings whom they may pass in the hallway on occasion or drive to school with, but the lives of twins and triplets at South are entwined during school and at home.

Freshmen triplets Grace, Dylan and Owen Biedermann said that their relationships differ whether they are at their house or at school. Their relationships at school are more scattered according to Grace. She often is blamed for her brothers’ actions.

“I wish I wasn’t always responsible for what my brothers do,” Grace explained. “Even though they’re my brothers I’m not always in control of them.”

Despite their differences and similarities, Owen feels that being a triplet makes him a better person. He said that having both Grace and Dylan with him has helped him not only learn about problems, but also solve them.

“Dylan and I sometimes argue, but at the end of the day we’re still brothers and we always have each others’ back,” Owen said.

Freshmen Skylar and Hunter Kreske said that they have been compared to each other for as long as they can remember. The twins said that they went to a smaller private school before coming to South and now that they’re here, people often approach them with confusion about their relationship.

“So many people think we’re dating when they first meet us,” Skylar said. “Especially when we switched from private to public school and we only knew each other, we were always together. People would always ask us, ‘Are you guys dating?’ and I was like, ‘No, we’re related.’”

The two joked that their arguments revolve around clothing, restaurant, and political choices. However, both agree that their biggest disagreements are usually about their friends. While this can cause tension, Hunter said they still confide in each other daily.

“It’s like having your best friend, but you’re related,” Skylar said. “[Hunter will always be a big part of my life], [but] it doesn’t mean that I always like [him]. I think we have a really good relationship. We’re lucky.”

Sophomores Caroline and Katie Pastor are a part of each others’ lives even when they don’t share classes, according to the identical twins. The two have the same friend group and both are members of South’s dance team, De La Cru. However, all of this time together doesn’t cause tension for the twins.

“At school, I think it is really fun because there is always someone you can go through stuff with,” Caroline said. “No matter what, whether we’re taking the same classes or not, I can always go to Katie for help. It’s nice always having someone to go to school with over the years.”

While the twins enjoy each others’ company, they still prefer that others let them have their own identities. Since they spend so much time together, they said people often group them together and confuse them. However, Caroline and Katie still feel that life wouldn’t be the same without each other.

“I sometimes think about what my childhood would have been like if I didn’t go through it with Katie,” Caroline said. “I feel like having a twin helped me get through certain things that maybe I would have had a harder time doing myself. Trying new sports or trying to meet new people was a lot easier with Katie, so I feel like we’re very lucky.”

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