Beating the Odds
Four sets of triplets at KHS
Walking down the halls of KHS every day; students tend to see familiar faces. But what about seeing double? Or seeing triple?
The 2014-2015 school year has brought an unusually high number of twins and triplets to the school. These sets of multiple siblings definitely confuse teachers, but also keep each other company over the years.
The probability of having triplets is rare. According to research, the probability of having triplets is 1 in every 9,000 births. Identical triplets are even more rare. About 1 in every 60,000 childbirths results in identical triplets.
Bucking the odds, this year’s KHS freshmen – composed of 324 students – has two sets of triplets. The sophomore class has one set, and the senior class has one set.
What are the odds? Too slim for this to have happened. But it did.
One of the freshman sets of triplets are Emilee, Sophie, and Ally Carlin. The three have been close ever since they were born. Growing up so close to each other, and looking identical, they definitely share some notable memories. Ally Carlin, the oldest of the three, explains how she and her sisters share a special bond,
“We used to confuse people by trading places,” Ally says. “Our whole family can tell us apart easily though.”
Ally said she and her sisters had all of their eighth-grade classes together. This year, they take the same English class, with freshman English teacher Ryan Weber.
“Four weeks into the school year and I still cannot tell them apart,” Weber said. “With identical twins, it’s usually easy to pick out differences after awhile, but the Carlins confuse me. The hardest part is when they ask for individual help and I have to ask which one they are.”
The third set of triplets at KHS are the Reisings: Patrick Colleen and Jack of the senior class. Yet another set of triplets are the Naughtons: John, James and Michael are all three freshmen this year at Kings. Their brother, Daniel, is a senior. Add these to at least 10 sets of twins at the high school this year, and you have something of a statistical anomaly.
From a parent’s perspective, having triplets can be very difficult but also very rewarding. Judy Sichterman of the Kings High School Athletic Department, is a mother of five children, three of them triplets: Matt, Dan, and Megan are currently sophomores in the high school.
Mrs. Sichterman said when she found out she was having triplets, she was expecting only one child.
“I was in shock and disbelief,” she said. “I already had two little girls.”
The middle kid of the Sichterman triplets, Dan, comments on how the relationship with his siblings has evolved through all of the years of being together.
“All three of us used to share a room,” Dan says. Younger sister Megan added, “They used to have a bunk bed and then jump onto my bed.”
The Sichterman family moved from Wisconsin to the Kings School District four years ago, when the set of triplets were in seventh grade. The youngest Sichterman, Megan, comments on how having her brothers in the same grade made the move easier.
“Its like you have instant friends. You don’t have to walk alone through the doors.” Megan said.
Mrs. Sichterman explains how the triplets have changed her life as a parent throughout their fifteen years together.
“We laugh a lot more now, they teach me lessons everyday.”