Two sets of twins graduate from Isabella High SchoolBy Emily Etheredge Published 4:15pm Friday, May 24, 2013
Isabella High School’s senior class had double the fun this year with two sets of twins graduating on Thursday.
Aaron and Davis Ratliff, 18, and Andrew and Hunter Smith, 19, celebrated the milestone in front of family, friends, and teachers like they would any other special occasion—they did it together.
“Being a twin has been great because it is nice to know you always have someone to watch out for you,” Andrew Smith said. “You always have someone to talk to.”
Aaron and Davis shared the same classes in school every year except in first grade along with the same friends (including the Smith twins) and occasionally the same sports including football.
“Davis always made better grades than I did though so he would help me out a lot with that,” Aaron Ratliff said. “If I forgot something or needed help with a particular subject Davis would always make sure I understood it.”
Davis, the quieter twin and younger of the two by two minutes, credits Aaron for helping him be more outgoing with people.
“Aaron is the talkative one and he would always help me in conversations with people by bringing up something that would allow me to join in,” Davis said. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today if Aaron didn’t push me to be a more outgoing person.”
Some of the highlights for the Ratliff twins throughout high school were not only knowing they had each other for moral support and friendship, but getting to play football together along with their younger brother, Chanley, on the same team.
“It was just really neat to be able to look over on a team of 11 people and know that two of those people are your brothers,” Aaron said. “That is one of my favorite memories and I enjoyed that a lot.”
Both Aaron and Davis plan to attend Jefferson State Community College Chilton-Clanton center in the fall and get all of their core classes out of the way until they decide what sort of careers they would like to pursue.
Aaron has considered the possibility of becoming a coach while Davis said ideas continue to evolve from landscape architecture to engineering.
“Neither one of us has really decided what we want to do but we will figure that out eventually,” Davis said.
Hunter and Andrew Smithshare some of the same memories as the Ratliff twins of going through school with a twin; however, Hunter and Andrew only shared the same classes until the ninth grade.
Andrew, the eldest twin by 11 minutes, said one of the best things about having a twin is always having someone to talk to.
“It is nice to be able to look over and always have someone right there to talk to,” Andrew said.
Although the boys shared the same graduation, some of the same hobbies including baseball and basketball, going to the lake and playing X-box, they are both adamant about one thing: they do not like sharing the same clothes.
“I think that is one thing we get annoyed at each other about the most,” Hunter said. “Andrew will wear something of mine and I will make him take it off or we will both get ready and realize we are wearing the same thing so one of us will go change.”
Andrew said he doesn’t mind occasionally wearing the same thing as Hunter but doesn’t enjoy always looking identical.
“He is more about his image than I am,” Andrew said.
Both Andrew and Hunter aren’t exactly sure what the future will hold in terms of what careers they would like to pursue but were both recently hired to work at Johnson Controls starting on Wednesday.
The boys showed up for their scheduled interview at the same time, went into the interview together and it wasn’t until the job had been offered to both of them did they reveal they were twins.
“It was kind of crazy because we were interviewed together and offered the same job but we didn’t share we were twins until the end,” Andrew said. “The good news is we will get to be together like we have always been.”
The Ratliffs and Smiths agree it was fun to graduate with two sets of twins in the same graduating class and enjoyed the years in school getting to know one another.
“We have all been friends and it was great being able to share our graduation with one another,” Aaron Ratliff said. “Not many people even have a set of twins in their school much less two sets in the same graduating class.”