Seeing double: Sudan 6th grade has multiple multiples

By Addisyn Harrell and Derek Lopez

Walking through the sixth-grade halls at Sudan ISD, you may feel like your eyes are playing tricks on you. They’re not — you really are seeing double!
The sixth-grade class has multiple multiples. There are three sets of twins and one set of triplets.
“I think that is the most sets of multiples our school has ever had,” said Addisyn Harrell, one of the multiples.
Addisyn took it upon herself to do the research and figured out the math and she came up with 23 percent of the sixth-grade class is made up of multiples.
Addisyn talked about why she decided to write this article, saying, “I was just thinking that there are a lot of multiples in the class and I’ve just never seen so many in a whole class before.”

What’s it like?

Sudan Elementary Principal DeAnn Wilson said she thought it was neat looking at their school work and see that their siblings answered questions the exact same way.
But similar answers on assignments is about all the multiples acknowledged that they have in common with their siblings, besides the obvious – their looks.
“Weird,” Addisyn said when asked what it’s like being a twin.
“Well, sometimes it’s exciting and other times not so much,” added Braxtyn Harrell, her twin brother. “I kind of wish she was in my class, but at the same time, not really.”
Edette Herrera said being a twin is confusing and exciting.
“We get called the cuates,” said Erica Herrera, Edette’s sister. “Being with her all the time, we always get in fights over dumb stuff.”
Identical twins Derek and Eric Rosa sometimes think of what it would be like to do a switcheroo.
Derek said, “It’s weird, because sometimes we could switch places and nobody would know.”
Eric added, “It’s weird; dressing up the same and talking at the exact same time.”
The experience is a little different for Cristian Castillo.
Cristian, a triplet, explained, “I’m actually happy that I’m the only boy, because I don’t have to share my clothes or anything with them (his identical sisters). It’s also good, because whenever you do something wrong, you can try to blame it on them. But you know, another good thing is that whenever you fight with one, the other one gets in on it.
He added, “They’re really great sisters.”
Caryssa and Caitlyn Castillo, Cristian’s sisters, said being part of a triplet group is exhausting.
Cristian likes to fight with them all the time, the girls said. They also all have to share everything.
One thing they don’t share is their style.
“My mom tries to make us dress up the same and that’s not happening,” Caitlyn laughed.
They said they never have days where they want to wear the same stuff.
Caryssa stated, “We have totally different styles.”

Who was born first?

Birth order is a frequent argument among the each set of multiples, they said.
In these sets of multiples, Braxtyn Harrell, Derek Rosa, Caitlyn Castillo and Edette Herrera were each born first.
Regardless of order, when you’re a multiple, you’re referred to as a group or a pair, not individually, the group said.
“It’s very exhausting and you get annoyed so fast,” the Herrera sisters said.
But being a twin or triplet has its perks.
“It’s good knowing you have multiples of yourself,” Cristian said.
You’re never alone. “They follow you around,” Erica said.
You share milestones and celebrations.
“You won’t graduate by yourself,” Edette added.
You also get double the presents for birthdays and holidays, Braxtyn pointed out.

Never lonely

Sharing everything isn’t always fun, neither is dressing the same or having to compromise on birthday cakes. But the kids all agree: life is fun and never lonely when you’re a part of a set of multiples.
They heckle their parents when they call them by their siblings’ names and sports teams are among the more frequently disagreed upon topics among the group.
Without their siblings, the group collectively agreed, life would be sad, probably a little weird and definitely boring.

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