2 Norwin 6th-graders turn 12 on 12/12/12
Tyler Plunko and Sebastian Tomai play on the same basketball team, sit just a seat apart in the same Norwin homeroom, and they share the same once-in-a-century birthday — they'll turn 12 today, Dec. 12, 2012.
The Hillcrest Intermediate School sixth-graders are both all smiles when they talk about their triple-digit birthday.
“It's pretty cool that me and Sebastian are the only kids in the whole school that are turning 12 on 12/12/12,” Tyler said.
And it's neat that nobody else will have a triple-digit birthday for about a century, he said.
Neither boy was supposed to be born on Dec. 12, 2000 — Tyler was early, and Sebastian was late.
“(Tyler) was actually supposed to be (a) New Year's Day baby, and he came early,” said his mother, Kathy Plunko.
Sebastian was born at Magee-Womens Hospital, and he came home on a cold, snowy day, his mother, Jenn Tomai, remembers.
“He was overdue,” she said. “He was supposed to come the beginning of the month, and he didn't. We had waited and waited, and finally, after two weeks overdue, he came to be.”
The Plunkos — Kathy, 50; Kenny, 54; Tyler; and Shane, 10 — live in North Huntingdon and have been looking forward to the date.
The Tomai family of Irwin comprises Jenn, 38; Chris, 38; Sebastian, also called “Bash”; Marcella, 6; and Enzo, 4. Jenn Tomai said the family always tries to make the kids' birthdays special.
Sebastian realized his birthday would fall on a special day all while looking at a calendar.
“Right after his birthday, he looked and me and said ‘I'll be 12 on 12/12/12,'” Tomai said. “He kind of picked it up last year, and he's been stoked about it all year.”
While watching a “Good Morning America” special about children with triple-digit birthdays, the Plunkos realized that Tyler, too, would celebrate the same event.
For his birthday, Tyler wants model airplanes and helicopters, airsoft guns, basketball shoes and an iPhone. Tyler likes reading mystery books, playing basketball, building things, playing airsoft battles with his brother and learning math in school.
“I like math the most because whenever I grow up, I want to be a builder,” he said.
The Plunkos celebrated with a family party, and Tyler checked out a Lego convention with his dad for his birthday.
“He loves to build and tinker with things,” Kathy Plunko said. “He has a mind for it.”
Sebastian, who would like a laptop computer, said, “I can't wait for my birthday because I get new stuff.”
Sebastian plays basketball, baseball and football. His favorite classes are science and gym.
Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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