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Hannah Gonzalez

TRL’s Libby Johnson interviewed one set of twins from each grade. There are 45 twins in the school, including identical and fraternal.

Two at a time

March 16, 2022

TRL’s Libby Johnson interviewed 4 of the 45 sets of twins at the high school. Get to know: Seniors Meghan and Amanda Karras, juniors Morgan and Alexa Paharik, sophomores Lauren and Caroline Dolberry, and freshmen Madison and Brooke Starr. 

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Hannah Gonzalez

Seniors Meghan and Amanda Karras’ favorite twin time movie is Ratatouille. “I [Meghan] think it’s mostly that during the same classes and everything together, where we both do orchestra, swim, you always kind of have somebody there.”

Amanda and Meghan Karras

At a Glance:

Favorite thing to do together: Swim or spend time with friends

Meghan’s favorite musical artist: Sia 

Amanda’s favorite musical artist: Sticks

Favorite movie to watch together: Ratatouille, Hallmark Christmas movies

Looking Deeper:

The Red Ledger: What’s your favorite part of having a twin?

Meghan Karras: Having somebody you can rely on. If you need help with something, they can always be there. Especially for homework or like schoolwork and everything.

Amanda Karras: It’s like we’re always around each other. We sort of know when something’s wrong. We always have someone to talk to.

TRL: How has your relationship with your twin changed over the course of your high school years?

Amanda: Before we joined Lovejoy in eighth grade, we were homeschooled. It was really different. When we join school, I feel like we became more of our own person instead of relying on each other.

Meghan: Different people will take different classes or will be in different clubs and stuff, so we don’t rely on each other as much in that aspect. We can become more of our own person and just do different things, being more confident and who we are.

TRL: How do you think that having a twin has affected your high school experience?

Meghan: I think it’s mostly that during the same classes and everything together, where we both do orchestra, swim, you always kind of have somebody there. 

Amanda: It’s just a second opinion in your life. I guess it’s kind of like having a sibling but also like somebody because like, it’s kind of the same thing with a younger sister, except we’re in the same grade.

TRL: How do you think your relationship will change when you go to college/after high school? 

Meghan: Our dads are also identical twins. They went to separate colleges and stuff, so I think that’s really effective in helping us become more independent. 

Amanda: We’re seniors going to college next year, and we’re planning on maybe going to separate colleges, hopefully. I think it will become even more and more individualized and everything and more separate.

TRL: What’s the most frustrating thing about having a twin?

Amanda: I think it’s mostly like people not putting effort in to see us as we are. They don’t put any effort into knowing which one was which, or grouping us together. I feel like it’s like Megan and me, instead of just me. I think that was more when you’re younger. It’s certainly gotten better over the years.

Meghan: Especially when we were younger it was really frustrating. It’s understandable, but it was still annoying.

Amanda:  If Megan has a bad day, I feel like sort of represents me in some ways. I feel like it affects me. How she does affects how people see me. 

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Hannah Gonzalez

Juniors Morgan and Alexa Paharik play soccer together. “Probably that it’s like a built-in Best Friend, I [Alexa] know some people get really sick of each other, but we share everything and I don’t know. It’s really fun. “

Morgan and Alexa Paharik

At a Glance:

Favorite thing to do together: Playing soccer, hanging out with friends

Alexa’s favorite artist: Post Malone

Morgan’s favorite artist: Post Malone

Favorite movie to watch together: Instant Family

Looking Deeper:

The Red Ledger: What’s your favorite part of having a twin?

Alexa Paharik: Probably that it’s like a built-in Best Friend, I know some people get really sick of each other, but we share everything and I don’t know. It’s really fun. It’s like having your best friend always over like just having to sleep over.

Morgan Paharik: If you’re meeting new people, you always have somebody like right there. It’s like a partner in crime. But I also like the idea that we can trick people and switch classes and stuff.

TRL: How has your relationship with your twin changed over the course of your high school years?

Alexa: Up until 8th grade we dressed alike, and then we moved from Tennessee to Texas and then started dressing differently. And also, I think high school actually made us closer, because there’s so many different challenges and different things you go through in high school. We’re always there through everything.

Morgan: We have more of the same friend group now, so we always are together. I feel like we’ve established more individuality. We dress differently now. She’s her person, I’m mine.

TRL: How do you think your relationship will change when you go to college/after high school?

Alexa:  I think we will end up at the same college. But I think that we’re actually going to change. We’re gonna have different things. College is a lot bigger, so I think we’re going to make some different friends. She’s gonna have her thing. I’m gonna have my thing. I think definitely branch off a little bit, our relationship wise, but we won’t be closer like, literally close. I feel we depend on each other.

TRL: What’s the most frustrating thing about having a twin?

Alexa: Sometimes some of my friends even mistake us. They’ll be like, ‘Oh, you guys are? Well, they can just share this and they can share that’ and they kind of treat it as a package, but we’re both individuals. So I guess that’s being referred to as the twins versus like a person.

Morgan: Even with soccer teams, we’re put on the same team because it’s like, we’re a package deal. Or, it’s just certain things were grouped together versus our own. If it’s like she did something wrong, even if I really didn’t do anything wrong, but what she does affects me.

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Hannah Gonzalez

Sophomores Caroline and Lauren Dolberry’s favorite music artist is Luke Holmes. “You’re never alone, like if we’re going somewhere. We always have each other.”

Lauren and Caroline Dolberry

At a Glance:

Favorite thing to do together: Playing games together, going on golf car rides

Caroline’s favorite musical artist: Luke Holmes

Lauren’s favorite musical artist: Luke Holmes 

Favorite movie to watch together: Anything

Looking Deeper:

The Red Ledger: What’s your favorite part of having a twin?

Lauren Dolberry: You’re never alone, like if we’re going somewhere. We always have each other.

TRL: How do you think that having a twin has affected your high school experience?

Caroline Dolberry: It’s nice because we can help each other with homework and stuff.

Lauren: It’s definitely beneficial as opposed to like, not having fun because you have someone going through the same schoolwork and stuff. 

TRL: How do you think your relationship will change when you go to college/after high school?

Caroline: I think we’re probably gonna end up being roommates. I don’t think it’ll change too much.

Lauren: I think if anything will become closer, because we’ll probably be roommates.

TRL: What’s the most frustrating thing about having a twin?

Lauren: We just sometimes fight over the smallest things. Not even fighting, just arguing.

TRL: What’s your favorite thing about each other?

Caroline: She is really like, kind of a go getter and social like, be like ‘Caroline, why are you not being productive?’

Lauren: She’s really understanding. Especially because she’s the better one at school, I guess. And so, most of the time I’m going to her for help. She just gets me.

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Hannah Gonzalez

Freshman Madison and Brooke Starr play volleyball together. “I [Madison] like having somebody with you all the time.”

Brooke and Madison Starr

At a Glance:

Favorite thing to do together: Playing volleyball together

Madison’s favorite musical artist: Johnny Cash

Brooke’s favorite musical artist: Travis Scott

Madison’s favorite movie: Parent Trap

Brooke’s favorite movie: Criminal documentaries

Looking Deeper:

The Red Ledger: What’s your favorite part of having a twin?

Madison Starr: I like having somebody with you all the time. And just like you don’t have to go to things alone, and always you have a person with you.

Brooke Starr: Definitely having somebody with you all the time. 

TRL: How has your relationship with your twin changed once you became freshmen?

Brooke: Well, this is our first year not having classes together. So, it’s kind of different. 

Madison: Yeah, it’s different, but like, I feel like it’s a good thing.

TRL: How do you think that having a twin has affected your high school experience?

Madison: Definitely in a really positive way, because you always have a person who knows what you’re going through and who can help you with mental stuff.

Brooke: In our school work, it’s nice because you can always ask her for help.

TRL: What’s the most frustrating thing about having a twin?

Brooke: For me, it can be frustrating to always have a person following me around. 

Madison: Yeah, for me it’s when boys like both of us instead of just one of us.

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