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Six sets of twins at Wyland Elementary make school two-rrific

James Knox | Tribune-Review - The six sets of twins who attend fifth grade at Wyland Elementary School in Hampton pair up for a portrait. They are (from left, back row) Jacob and Steven Carr, Krystal and Courtney Huber, Bridget and Brian Martha, Emma and Sam Goodpaster, (front row) Jake and Karley Furge and Josh and Ian Andersson.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  James Knox |  Tribune-Review</em></div>The six sets of twins who attend fifth grade at Wyland Elementary School in Hampton pair up for a portrait. They are (from left, back row) Jacob and Steven Carr, Krystal and Courtney Huber, Bridget and Brian Martha, Emma and Sam Goodpaster, (front row) Jake and Karley Furge and Josh and Ian Andersson.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - The six sets of twins that attend Wyland Elementary School fifth grade in Hampton pose for a picture December 12, 2012. They are from left, back row, Jake and Karley Furge, Bridget and Brian Martha, and Josh and Ian Andersson, front row, Jacob and Steven Carr, Krystal and Courtney Huber, Emma and Sam Goodpaster.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</em></div>The six sets of twins that attend Wyland Elementary School fifth grade in Hampton pose for a picture December 12, 2012. They are from left, back row, Jake and Karley Furge, Bridget and Brian Martha, and Josh and Ian Andersson, front row, Jacob and Steven Carr, Krystal and Courtney Huber, Emma and Sam Goodpaster.

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The twelve twins — all fifth-graders — have always stood apart in Wyland Elementary School.

“There are so many of them. They are sort of celebrities in this school. They really even look after each other,” Roberta Good, principal of the school in the Hampton School District, said of the six sets of twins who will graduate from the school this year.

The six started at the school as kindergartners. Next year, they plan to attend Hampton Middle School, a much larger building than Wyland.

“It's nice to have so many other friends who are twins,” said Krystal Huber, 11.

She and her sister, Courtney, have the same haircuts and wear similar eyeglasses and are the only pair of identical twins among the six.

“It's good to have a twin. She is a friend. When my older brother beats me up, she can help,” Courtney said.

Unlike the other five sets of twins, the Huber twins are in the same home room. Hampton allows parents to decide at the elementary level whether they want their twin children in the same classroom.

There are about 4.5 million twins in the United States today — about 2 percent of the general population.

The Wyland twins reflect that statistic, amounting to about 2 percent of the student body.

What's unusual about them is that they are in the same grade level.

“I think it is so cool. I like the fact that these 12 kids seem to be pretty good friends,” said Lori Furge, mother of twins Jake and Karley Furge, 11.

The Huber twins endlessly confuse teachers and staff at the school, Good said.

“There are 406 students at Wyland. So staff here sometimes confuses even brothers and sisters,” said Good, who has been principal at the school for nine years.

The five other sets of twins at Wyland include two pairs of fraternal boy twins and three pairs of a boy and a girl. They are not fraternal.

Some do not seem to be twins at all. Emma Goodpaster, 11, is considerably taller than her twin brother, Sam — at least for now.

“We're different. We look different. But we kind of have the same personality,” Sam said.

Ian and Josh Andersson, 11, say they feel more like brothers than twins. “Sometimes he has your back. Sometimes he can get annoying. He's just like any other brother,” Josh said.

Twins Steven and Jacob Carr, 10, share many of the interests. “We play the same sports together — baseball and wrestling,” Steven said.

“We also do homework together. We get it done faster that way,” Jacob said.

The 12 have about as much variation in size and personality as any other group of fifth-graders, Good said.

Yet being twins has formed their friendships, Ian said.

“If the rest of these people weren't twins, I'm not sure I'd know them. I would feel more lonely,” he said.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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