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Double Trouble: CB Twins

Don’t bother getting your glasses out – our CB twins have everyone seeing double vision. With over 10 sets of twins on campus, there’s practically a pair in every hallway. Whether fraternal or identical, we’ve all felt the struggle of telling twins apart. And sometimes, we don’t even realize our classmate even has a twin! […]

Don’t bother getting your glasses out – our CB twins have everyone seeing double vision. With over 10 sets of twins on campus, there’s practically a pair in every hallway. Whether fraternal or identical, we’ve all felt the struggle of telling twins apart. And sometimes, we don’t even realize our classmate even has a twin!

Liza, Lena, Erin, Erica, Jenna, Jacob. Can you guess who’s related? I reached out to three sets of twins during their first finals week of senior year, ready to reminisce on their years together at CB.

You’d think that after doing everything together growing up, twins would want to branch out during high school. But sometimes, that’s not their decision to make. For Woodland native Jenna Price (‘22) and her twin brother, Jacob Price, attending separate schools was tough from the start.

The Price twins through the years.

“The transition was really hard on both of us,” Jenna began, “ I had to make friends in a whole new city while he kept the same ones.”

“When we grew up, it was always Jenna and Jacob, so it was nice being able to develop our own personalities and lives,” she explained. “It’s still hard not being able to see each other all day or talk about specific teachers and classes we have.”

Although not often, they’ll go out for dinner together to catch up. So even though Christian Brothers and Woodland High may seem worlds away, the Price twins always put in effort to bond outside of school. 

On the opposite side of the spectrum we have Erin and Erica Willis (‘22), two sisters who have always gone to the same school and have done everything together.

The twins. The girls. Being often grouped together as “they” and “them” – it can be hard for identical twins to distinguish themselves. My number one question when meeting any twin goes: “What’s the easiest way to tell you apart?”

“Erica wears colored contacts, and I have this necklace with my name on it,” Erin says.

Even then, I still pray I say the right name when I come up to them. Especially with masks on, there’s no guarantee I can recognize anyone, twin or not.

What about twin telepathy? Sharing thoughts and having secret conversations are all part of the package, right? Once again, wrong. Erica debunked this question on the spot, saying, “Twin telepathy is not real”.

Thinking it could be different for everyone, I asked fraternal twins Liza and Lena Mikacich (‘22) for confirmation.

“We say a lot of the same things because we’re around each other so much, but it’s not real,” Liza laughs. “It’s like having a built in best friend.”

“Yeah we just jinx a lot.” Lena adds.

Okay, so twin telepathy is off the table.

As someone whose closest lookalike is her thirteen-year-old brother, I always thought that having an identical twin would be fun. But for Lena and Liza, it sounds like their worst nightmare.

Despite being fraternal, participating in separate co-curriculars, and having different academic strengths, the Mikacich twins are constantly getting mixed up. Liza emphasized that their uniqueness is important, and for them, having different colored hair and eyes is a blessing.

“People already get us so confused. Sometimes people will come up to me and say, ‘You’re one of the twins! Which one are you?'” Lena explained. “Or when we’re in class and Liza says something stupid, everyone starts staring at me!”

It’s hard enough to maintain individuality just as teenagers in high school. We already share a lot of the same interests, characteristics, and personality, so it can be difficult to distinguish our own. Having a genetic carbon copy of yourself is clearly a challenge to this goal, but somehow, our CB twins make it work.

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