Seven sets of twins!

By on June 8, 2011

By: GARY P. KLINGER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer



The Class of 2011 at Ephrata Senior High School has been seeing double with seven sets of twins among the student body, including (front row, left to right) Jennifer and Julie Sellinger, Branden and Dusten Rutt, and Megan and Molly Bramble; (back row, l-r) Tiana and Zachary Andes, Ryan and Ashley McMurtrie, Adam and Amber Shober, and Ashton and Brittany Byers. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)The Class of 2011 at Ephrata Senior High School has been seeing double with seven sets of twins among the student body, including (front row, left to right) Jennifer and Julie Sellinger, Branden and Dusten Rutt, and Megan and Molly Bramble; (back row, l-r) Tiana and Zachary Andes, Ryan and Ashley McMurtrie, Adam and Amber Shober, and Ashton and Brittany Byers. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

The Class of 2011 at Ephrata Senior High School will make history when seven sets of twins graduate tonight (Wednesday), topping the prior record of six sets in the 1980s.

Those twins include Adam and Amber Shober, Megan and Molly Bramble, Brittany and Ashton Byers, Tiana and Zachary Andes, Dusten and Branden Rutt, Julie and Jennifer Sellinger and Ashley and Ryan McMurtie.

The Shobers are the children of Drew and Darcy Shober. While Adam, the older sibling, cared more about sports and friends, Amber was focused more on academics. After graduation, Adam plans to join the National Guard, work at Four Seasons Fresh Produce and maybe get a degree. Amber plans to attend Bloomsburg University where she intends to earn a degree in nursing.

“It will be weird not seeing him every day,” said Amber of the upcoming time when the twins will be separated. “Even though we aren’t as close as we used to be, it will be something to get used to.”

Interestingly, the twins’ mother, Darcy has a niece with fraternal twins.

Tiana and Zachary Andes are the children of Cheryl Rice and Brent Andes. Tiana is older by two minutes and commented on what it might be like being apart of Zachary after high school.

“I would surely miss him a lot,” Tiana said. “Now we have fun and get along. Back then we would fight sometimes and get on each other’s nerves. Now we get along and I think we got closer than we were before.”

Zach had his own take on what it was like growing up with a twin sister.

“Back then, I used to pick on her and it was to get on her nerves,” said Zach. “I was always the instigator. Now I still do pick on her, but it’s because I love her. Now there’s no intention of making her mad, just smiles and laughs.”

After high school, Tiana is considering furthering her education in art. Zach is leaning toward a two-year college, perhaps also pursuing a career in art.

When it comes to Ashton and Brittany Byers, it is Ashton that is older … by a whole minute. While growing up, Ashton noted that there were many times when others did not quite make the connection that he and his sister were twins. Following high school, Ashton plans to attend Millersville University. Interestingly, he added that there were other sets of twins in his distant family relations.

Molly Ann and Megan Bramble are only about two minutes apart, but it was Megan that made her appearance first.

“No matter what, I always had someone to play with and talk to,” Molly said. “When my friends weren’t allowed to hang out, my sister was always there and I know we’ll always be the closest of friends and sisters.”

Molly added, “As a younger student in elementary school and middle school, it was easier to get the two of us mixed up. People would call me Megan and vise versa. However, as we grew up we became more different from one another and now no one really has a problem telling us apart from one another.”

Molly and Megan are the daughters of John and Debra Bramble. Following high school, Molly plans to attend HACC for two years completing her general education courses before transferring to a four-year college.

“Most importantly, I plan to raise my son, work full time, do college part-time online, and marry my fiancé,” Megan said of her post-high school plans.

Ashley and Ryan McMurtie are the children of Jennifer Harmes and Tracy McMurtie. Of the two, Ryan is the older one. He said growing up with a twin was nice since he always knew someone. He added that he also was close with some of the other twins in his class, with Adam Shober being one of his best friends. He has also known Molly and Megan Bramble since the sixth grade. More TWINS, page A22

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