HAWLEY - The Wallenpaupack Area High School class of 2018, scheduled to graduate Friday, June 15th, consisted of 261 students. Remarkably, there were not one, not two, but five sets of twin siblings along with one set of triplets.
According to Mrs. Ann Monaghan, WAHS is no stranger to having more than one set of twins in a class.
In fact, just two years ago, there were as many as six pairs of twins in the same graduating class.
This is, however, the first set of triplets that Mrs. Monaghan recalls in her time working the Wallenpaupack Area School District (over 20 years).
Austin, Emily, and Jared Bates are triplets, were set to graduate Friday night.
At the graduation practice this past week, the three siblings said they were rather excited to graduate and make their way into the "real world".
According to the triplets, they have always been very close growing up, however, all three have rather different paths that they plan to take after graduating.
Austin Bates aspires to start a career as a general contractor.
His sister, Emily Bates, is looking forward to attending The University of Scranton, where she will be studying International Business.
Jared Bates is not yet sure what his plans are once he graduates but cannot wait to see what the future has in store for him.
The five pairs of twins in the Class of 2018 include: Aiden and Zachary Maldacker, Alexandra and Dylan Davignon, Abraham and August Cahn, Marguerite and Noelle Depatie, and Marissa and Tabitha Boyd.
Among the five pairs of twins graduating this Friday are sisters, Noelle and Margeritte Depatie.
Noelle will be attending Bloomsburg University in the fall, where she will be majoring in Childhood Education.
Her sister Margerite will be going to IUP, where she will be studying Criminal Justice and Pre Law.
The sisters are best friends, and although they are not happy about being separated in the future, they are excited to head off to college.
Alexandra and Dylan Davignon are twin siblings who are also looking forward to starting their college careers.
Alexandra Davignon plans to attend Bloomsburg University's Nursing program.
Her brother, Dylan, will be heading up to the University of Buffalo to attain an education in Chemical Engineering.
Marissa and Tabitha Boyd are also planning to pursue a higher education after graduating from Wallenpaupack Area High School.
Marissa Boyd will be going to Penn State Scranton where she will be studying Corporate Communications.
Tabitha Boyd will be pursuing her education in Marketing at Penn State University's main campus in State College, PA.
Triplets are not only a rare sight at WAHS.
Lisa Champeau, a public relations manager at Wayne Memorial Hospital explained that although twin births are not that uncommon at the hospital, triplets are a much rarer occurrence.