Meet the Senior Sets of Twins and Triplets

Senior twins and triplets reflect on their shared high school years

Photos by Bahar Khezri and Emily Chin

John Paul and Joseph Faza

What has your school experience been like having a twin in your grade level?
Joseph: It’s not something very many people can experience. I know that he can always help me out with my classes, or just life advice in general.
John Paul: It’s really nice having Joseph as my twin since he helps me out with school, like my math homework, and I’d help him with all the other subjects.

What’s something the average person does not know about being a twin?
John Paul: People don’t know how different twins are. They’re two totally different people, two completely separate human beings.
Joseph: People don’t know how annoying it is to be called the other name.

Noa and Justin Phillips

Have you ever disagreed over what classes to take?
Noa: We just take the same classes. There’s never been a serious thing where like-
Justin: -where we’re confronting each other about classes.
Noa: Except you convinced me to take AP Bio, and that was just the worst decision! We should’ve taken AP Physics or AP Chem.

Are there over any arguments over who can wear what?
Justin: No, not really. If Noa and I argue it’s going to be about politics, economic policy, etc.
Noa: Don’t we agree on most things?
Justin: We do, although I’m a little sketchy on certain ideas.

Amanda, Mark and Austin Diamond

Do you feel you are closer because you have the same classes?
Amanda: Being Asian triplets in Irvine breeds a competitive environment at home and at school.
Mark: School experience has been pretty similar except for some difference in honors or AP classes. For instance, Amanda took AP Lang, but Austin and I didn’t. As triplets, it’s pretty easy to ask ‘Oh what did we do in class’ or like ‘I need your book for English tomorrow.’ This works especially well for block schedule.

What do you most enjoy about being a triplet?
Amanda: It’s like living with two roommates who are in the same grade so if we forget what the homework is for a class or something, we just holler.
Austin: I don’t like setting my alarm clock and I just rely on my siblings to set theirs.
Amanda: Shake my head.

Lian and Romi Benasuly

Is it hard to agree on classes or sports?
Lian: It’s never been hard to agree on anything regarding classes or sports, we are obviously a bit competitive sometimes but not out of hate. We work together in both our classes and when we played volleyball so we’re usually on the same page.
Romi: When it comes to school and sports, Lian and I are very similar. We always do these things together and decide together. Usually we agree on the classes and we both chose volleyball as the sport we wanted to play.

What do you most enjoy about being a twin?
Lian: I love being able to talk to her and tell her everything and know that I can trust her. Also we always laugh at the same things and rant when we need to.
Romi: I think the best part about having a twin is never feeling alone. Also, I know I can be honest with her with everything and I can always go to her to rant and trust that she won’t tell anyone about it.

Katie, Ryan and Curtis Distaso

Do you feel closer because you share classes?
Katie: Ryan and I have some things in common. We both take Art History and Forensics, but outside of school we have different fields we’re interested in.
Ryan: Some creative things Katie and I both like. We both do photography but I’m interested in graphics and math while she does more yearbook and science.
Curtis: I don’t think that us having some of the same classes makes us any closer because we see each other often so there’s not much room to get closer.

What is it like to see your siblings at both school and home?
Katie: I think it’s cool seeing someone you know around school and we always have someone there to talk to.
Ryan: At school is a little bit different because in the school setting it’s more “professional” and home is more loose and relaxed.
Curtis: However, it is a little strange seeing how they act at school versus home because they don’t act the same at both.

Jake and Dylan Dyer

Have you ever disagreed over what classes or sports to take?
Jake: Normally we have very similar interests in many retrospects, but there are a couple things that stray from that where we get to find our own individuality too.
Dylan: We do different sports, Jake did throwing while I played lacrosse. There’s a downside because even though sometimes we want to be different, we just happen to have the exact same interests.

What is it like to see your siblings at both school and home?
Jake: It’s a constant in your life, you don’t really think about it. He’s just there, like the furniture in your house or your pants.
Dylan: I’ll go on a trip or something when it’s just you and he’s not there and only then do you realize how weird it is. Twin separation anxiety is a real thing.