CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale twins: Front row, left to right, Logan and Andrew Holmes, Destiny and Mikey Mendez, back row, left to right, Madison Flygare, Landon Barbour, Allison Flygare, Christina and Joshua Roberts, Andrew and Ryan Lenfant and Deion and Devon Weeston.
By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer
Teachers and students at Ranchvale Elementary are seeing double this year.
Ranchvale Elementary has seven sets of twins out of 141 students.
The Census Bureau reports a 1 in 31 chance of conceiving twins. Ranchvale’s ratio of twins to students is 1 in 10.
Of the twins, four sets are fraternal and three are identical.
The Ranchvale twins said there are pros and cons to being a twin:
• Kindergartners Mikey and Destiny Mendez, 6, said they don’t like being twins because they have to share books and they get each other into trouble. However, they were laughing and playing together.
• Kindergartners Logan and Andrew Holmes, 6, disagree on the virtues of twinhood. Andrew said he likes it because they can always play with each other, but Logan said he doesn’t like sharing his toys.
• First-graders Allison and Madison Flygare, 7, love being twins and love dressing alike. They didn’t have anything bad to say about having a twin sister.
• Second-graders Christina and Joshua Roberts, 8, are the only set of twins without a parent in the Air Force. They are both quiet and shy and talked mostly to each other. They say they enjoy being twins and it is “fun.”
• Second-grader Landon Barbour, 8, doesn’t like being a twin because he has to share toys with his sister Brooke, and he said she bosses him around. Brooke was out sick and couldn’t defend herself.
• Second-graders Andrew and Ryan Lenfant, 8, are outspoken and have a competitive spat. Andrew brags he is older by eight minutes, and Ryan responds he is taller. When they are not arguing they often speak in unison. They say they don’t like being a twin because they have to share clothes and toys.
• Third-graders Devon and Deion Weeston, 9, are the oldest of the Ranchvale twins. They say being a twin is hard because people constantly mistake one for the other, they have to share everything, and both accuse the other of talking too much. Otherwise, they admit they love being a twin.
Some of the twins shared stories about being a twin and gave some insight to what it is like to live with a twin.
Allison and Madison Flygare once schemed to fool their parents.
“We wanted to switch places, because it would be fun,” Madison said, as Allison shook her head. “I have a freckle behind my ear and if my mom saw it she would know it was me, so we put buckets over our heads.”
Landon Barbour described his sister Brooke by saying,”She doesn’t talk much, except when she is bossing me around. Her softball team is called ‘The Bossies,’ too. She is trying to be my mom.”