Meet the twins of the class of 2020

Seniors Morgan and Maggie Anderson

Reilly Rahill, Staff Writer

BSM’s senior high has a total of 22 sets of twins, but no grade has as many as the class of 2020. With eight sets of twins, the senior class has quite a large density of students who have a twin when compared to other grades. Within the eight sets, there are five sets of boy/girl twins, two sets of boy/boy twins, and one set of girl/girl twins.

All of the sets of twins get asked the same questions because of the fact that they are twins. Senior Maggie Anderson and her twin, Morgan, are the only set of twin girls in the class of 2020. Morgan, who is 5’8” with brown eyes and dark blonde hair, and Maggie, who is 5’11” with blue eyes and bleach blonde hair, are undoubtedly fraternal. “I hate when people ask if we are identical. Literally people will come up to me and say, ‘Oh are you guys identical?’ and I say, ‘just look at us,’” Maggie Anderson said. 

Although most of these sets of twins look differently, some of them think alike. Seniors Alice and Winton Petty find that to be very true.  “Sometimes [Winton] will be in the basement and I’ll be in my room and we will both get hungry at the same time and want to go to the same place,” Alice Petty said. 

Sometimes [Winton] will be in the basement and I’ll be in my room and we will both get hungry at the same time and want to go to the same place.

— Alice Petty

Elizabeth and William Valley, one of the five sets of boy/girl twins, don’t seem to believe they experience any type of twin telepathy. “We don’t really [encounter twin telepathy]. I mean we will hum the same songs at the same time but that is a rare thing,” Elizabeth said.

Most siblings spend a lot of time together, but twins experience that on a different level and sometimes causes tension between the two. “We are the same age so [we have the] same interests and focuses which can cause differences of opinions, and that is really amplified because we are twins,” Winton Petty said. “Sometimes there are conflicts with who gets to use the car,” Alice Petty said. 

Throughout high school, many of the twins have been able to grow more as individuals and establish their interests and viewpoints. “We have similar values [but] we’re different because we have different hobbies. I’m definitely more into writing and crafting a little bit, and Maggie has her own interests,” Morgan Anderson said. 

Alice and Winton Petty have their differences but have remained similar in some ways throughout their high school experience. “We both have retainers but we both never wear them and our mom always gets mad at us about it,” Alice Petty said.

Being a twin is all these 16 students have ever known, but they are easily able to identify the pros and cons of their situation. “I don’t like having to share stuff with him a lot… [but I like that] when we are out places, we know each other so we stick together and don’t have the pressure of making new friends right away,” Griffin Dyka said.