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Seeing double

Seven sets of twins set to graduate Saturday from Clovis High School


May 15, 2019

High school graduations are always a family affair. For seven Clovis families, it’s twice the celebration. The 2019 Clovis High School graduation class includes seven sets of twins. They’ll be among 441 students receiving diplomas from CHS Principal Jay Brady, a twin himself. His brother Ray is retired military and works as a civilian logistics contractor.

“It’s a great bunch of kids,” Brady said of the 2019 class. “They worked hard, they were good student leaders.”

The ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Doors open at 4 p.m., and tickets are required. Early arrival is recommended, as saving seats won’t be permitted.

Alyssa and Ernie Gonzales

Date of birth: Dec. 27, 2000.

Oldest: Ernie, by 4 minutes.

Better student: Ernie says Alyssa is. Alyssa concurs, adding, “but barely.”

How they’re most alike: “We both like working.” — Alyssa. “We’re both hands-on.” — Ernie.

How they’re different: “I’m responsible, he’s irresponsible.” — Alyssa

Nicest thing each does for the other: Ernie drives Alyssa pretty much everywhere. Alyssa helps Ernie with schoolwork and generally keeps him out of trouble. “I lie for him, a lot, to my

parents,” said Alyssa, who had no comment when pressed to elaborate.

Post-CHS plans: Both plan to continue at their current jobs, and figure out the next step.

Jerrica & Anthony Gonzales

Date of birth: May 3, 2001.

Oldest: Jerrica, by 26 minutes.

Better student: Anthony.

How they’re most alike: “We’re both funny. That’s it.” — Jerrica

How they’re different: “He’s a boy.” — Jerrica

Nicest thing each does for the other: Anthony lets Jerrica use his comforter. Jerrica buys Anthony food.

Post-CHS plans: Both are going to attend Eastern New Mexico University, and both are still undecided on a major.

Allison & Madison Flygare

Date of birth: Aug. 10, 2001.

Oldest: Allison, by 2 minutes.

Better student: Madison.

How they’re most alike: “I don’t think we act alike. Personality, no. Our looks, let’s go for that.” — Allison

How they’re different: Madison says Allison doesn’t care about her grades much; Allison said Madison cares too much.

Nicest thing each does for the other: “Usually one of us pays for dinner, another pays for lunch.” — Madison

Post-CHS plans: Both are moving to Albuquerque, and plan to live together while they attend college. Allison plans to study education at Central New Mexico, then transfer to the University of New Mexico. Madison plans to study nursing at UNM.

Do you ever get mistaken for each other? “All the time, every day.” — Both, at the exact same time

Brandon & Brittni Chavez

Date of birth: May 22, 2001.

Oldest: Brandon, by 8 minutes.

Better student: Brittni.

How they’re most alike: “We listen to a lot of the same music, and we hang out with the same group of friends.” — Brandon

How they’re different: “She’s athletic, I’m not.” — also Brandon

Nicest thing each does for the other: Brandon buys Brittni coffee before school. Brittni helps him with laundry and schoolwork.

Post-CHS plans: Brandon is going to Carlsbad for welding school. Brittni is going to dental school in Amarillo.

Anya & Maya Hammond

Date of birth: June 12, 2001.

Oldest: Anya, by a minute.

Better student: Anya.

How they’re most alike: “We both share swimming together. We’re on the team.

We have the same friends.” — Maya

How they’re different: “I think she’s more determined in academics, and I’m more determined in athletics.” — Maya

Nicest thing each does for the other: Anya helps Maya with schoolwork, and Maya is always there for both support and constructive criticism.

Post-CHS plans: Both will attend the University of New Mexico, and be on the swim team. Anya plans to study kinesiology, Maya biology.

Tanner & Lyndsi Oberg

Date of birth: March 28, 2001.

Oldest: Tanner, by 4 minutes.

Better student: “Me, by far.” — Tanner

“I’m not going to argue because if we start that, it’s going to be a big deal. He’s better in some aspects, I’m better in some aspects.” — Lyndsi

“I’m better in all aspects.” — Tanner

“Here we go.” — Lyndsi

How they’re most alike: “We’re very outspoken.” — Tanner

“Outspoken and independent.” — Lyndsi

How they’re different: “He’s just a jerk. I’m not a jerk. I’m really loud, and he is not.” — Lyndsi

Nicest thing each does for the other: “She’s going to say I haven’t, but I’ve helped her in math,” Tanner says. “He’s lyyyyying,” Lyndsi counters.“I think the nicest thing he’s done for me is standing up for me in chemistry class.” Lyndsi says she keeps Tanner out of trouble.

Post-CHS plans: Lyndsi is going to Eastern New Mexico University for speech and language pathology. Tanner is going to New Mexico State to study pharmacology.

Valerie and Victoria Hernandez

Date of birth: March 28, 2001.

Oldest: Victoria, by a minute.

Better student: Victoria.

How they’re most alike: “We think alike. People will ask us a question, and we’ll give the same answer.” — Valerie.

How they’re different: “I’m supposedly the louder one, and I laugh a lot, and I’m more organized.” — Valerie.

Nicest thing each does for the other: Victoria loves painting, and Valerie used her Christmas money to buy her sister an easel. Victoria makes Valerie food, “and she’s there for me, always.”

Post-CHS plans: They’re moving to San Diego together. Victoria plans to study criminology. Valerie plans to study medicine, but hasn’t narrowed it down beyond that.


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