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Is There an Unusual Number of Faculty Members at AHS Who are Twins?

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Twins are a unique occurrence, but here at Alma High School the anomaly almost seems to be commonplace.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, twin birth rates have risen nearly 100% in the past three decades, and the number of twins at AHS seems to support that statement. AHS has multiple cases of twins, but the most interesting is the AHS Staff. Five AHS teachers have twins. Toney McMurray, Katie Evans, Michele Ikenberry, Kevin Collins, and Sarah Murray are each part of a “dynamic duo”.

Being a twin means having a companion that you share many things with, and for the most part, an everlasting bond. McMurray, AHS history teacher, described being a twin as being, “… born with my best friend.”

 

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Kevin Collins with his twin sister Rebecca

The McMurray twins have shared a lot of things: they went to the same school, the same college, and both became teachers. As children, the McMurray twins weren’t allowed to be in the same class so they could develop the skills they needed, but in college they were both athletic trainers. McMurray said seeing both of them on the field led to some confusion, but it was a very fun kind of confusion. Now, as teachers at different schools, they find other ways to see each other. Each twin attends National History Day competition in Conway, and have been known to help out their counterpart’s students. There is an interesting mix to these twins; their older brother was so close to them as children, people thought they were triplets!

The McMurray twins aren’t the only twins here with common interests though.

Collins, an AHS business teacher, also shares common interest with his fraternal twin Rebecca. Even though the two don’t look the same, they share an interesting bond. As kids they were very close, but they still had their own circles of people. One of the things that made their relationship interesting was friendly competition. Collins stated that arm wrestling was a way that they would compete, but his sister always won. These twins also share an uncanny coincidence; each twin has a daughter born in August. The Collins twins are very close, and speak pretty frequently, according to Collins. While Collins works here at AHS, his sister is a stay at home mom, but worked in architecture before the birth of her daughter.

Not all twins stick together though. Evans and her twin, Shelly, live in very different areas. Shelly is a missionary who lives in Guinea, Africa. Even though they live so far away from each other, the two remain close. As children, they were best friends, but unfortunately they could not fool anybody. They went to college together, and more than a few times, Evans was asked for things her sister possessed. There was friendly competition between the sisters, but nothing that drove them apart.

The Ikenberry twins are a different story. Michele and Michael Ikenberry were close as children, but academic competition was a factor. When they started high school, they were close but had different groups to hang out with. When they went to college, they went together, until Mrs. Ikenberry moved back closer to home, and a year later her brother followed. Her brother works as a nurse, a much different path than her. The two families are still close though, and vacation together frequently. Her brother lives almost five hours away, but they remain close friends.

Being a twin means a lifelong companion, and these twins are no exception.

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