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Mistaken identity

June 24, 2011

Twins Anne and Alice Grumblis say people often have a hard time telling them apart, both because of their looks and hobbies, but they would never try to fool someone into believing they are actually their sister.

Whether its another child they look like or someone with the same name, students at Wapakoneta Elementary School sometimes find themselves involved in a case of mistaken identity.
Alice and Anne
Alice and Anne Grumblis, twins in kindergarten this past year, said they like a lot of the same things but not everything about them is similar, even if most of their classmates couldn’t tell them apart.
“A couple of our friends can, but I don’t know how,” Alice said. “Our parents can and our teachers, sometimes, now that we’ve had them all year.”
Both agree that its pretty cool to have someone that looks just like them and they have no plans to try to trick anyone into believing they’re each other. To date, they say they don’t have any funny stories about when they have gotten mixed up.
“We like a lot of the same things, but sometimes she wants to color and I want to do something else,” Anne said.
They each have their own set of clothes, with only a few matching pairs, most of which come from Old Navy.
The girls sleep in bunkbeds in a shared room, with Anne on top and Alice on the bottom.
They watch the same favorite TV shows — “Good Luck Charlie” and “Suite Life on Deck.”
Anne said her favorite thing to do is play with Webkinz.
“Maybe my favorite is the same thing,” Alice said.

Candon and Cory
Until a few weeks ago when Candon Hittepole got glasses and Cory Hittepole got braces, the fourth-graders were a bit harder to tell apart.
“My friends, my mom and dads’ friends, they all get confused,” Candon said.
Cory said as usual, it also took their teachers some time this year to tell them a part.
Candon said before they got the glasses and braces it could be pretty hard to tell and the twins took full advantage of that.
Starting when they were 4-years-old, the boys remember switching clothes to try to trick their parents. Since then, they’ve done it to trick their mother and father and babysitters.
There have even been a couple times when one boy got in trouble when it should have been the other boy.
They also have fun with one talking somewhere unseen and the other one moving his mouth.
There already is some contemplation about tricking girlfriends in the future.
“It’s cool,” Candon said. “It’s never frustrating when people can’t tell us apart. I think it’s funny.”
Cory said in addition to having someone else he can pretend to be, it’s also fun to always have someone with him the same age.

Shayne and Shawn
Second-graders Shayne and Shawn Truesdale said people seem to have a lot of trouble telling them apart and they’ve been placed in separate classes since kindergarten. Sometimes even their mother, grandmother and aunt will struggle with telling the difference between the two.
If a person looks closely though, Shayne points out a scar he has on his forehead from when he fell while lining up for recess in preschool.
“My voice is high and his is low,” Shawn said of another difference.
And they wear different shoes, but those are about the only differences the boys can think of.
“We say the same things at the same time,” Shawn said.
The twins, who share a king-sized bed, say their favorite subject is recess.
“He eats more and I eat less,” Shawn said. “I’m skinny. He’s a little chubby.”
Shayne protests that, but he said having a twin could be a problem as he could steal his identity.
“I think when we’re older, people will still get confused,” Shayne said. “We might even still do it on purpose.”
The pair said sometimes they will trick people into thinking they are their brother on purpose, especially when they are in trouble. Other times people get confused, something they say their mom tends to do when she gets mad.
“Usually she blames us for what the other does and we both point at each other to say it was him,” Shayne said.
One likes red and the other like blue, so they also admitted to trading bikes sometimes to keep people guessing and like Candon and Cody, one will talk somewhere unseen while the other moves his mouth.
Shawn said they’ve already tricked his girlfriend, but Shayne won’t let them trick his.

Two Braden Fishers
The two Braden Fishers at Wapakoneta Elementary may not look a like, but they have been confused since they have the same name.
One is a kindergartener and the other a second-grader at the school.
“I knew about him before he knew about me,” the second-grade Braden said. “One time he got my lunch money.”
Kindergarten Braden Fisher, still trying to grasp the situation, described it as “weird.”
“It’s confusing but maybe we’ll do different things through school so it won’t be too bad,” second-grade Braden said.
Hopeful they may have some individual interests, he said he plays baseball, soccer and basketball.
“Me, too,” pipes in the kindergartner.
Soon they discover more similarities — both have two sisters and live in the country, but there’s where it seems to stop.
Kindergarten Braden also has a brother. His favorite colors are red, black and gray and his favorite foods are hot dogs and hamburgers.
Second-grade Braden likes red and hot pink and his favorite food is strawberries.
“We both have the same ears and blue eyes,” kindergartner Braden said.
“And brownish blonde hair,” the older Braden said, remarking that at least he was taller — for now.

Two Maggie Schultzes
The two Maggie Schultzes at Wapakoneta Elementary are in the first- and fourth-grades and they also have experienced cases of mistaken identity.
“We were both absent one day and they got us confused,” the fourth-grade Maggie said.
The younger Maggie said she found out there was another student at the school with her same name from a teacher who had them both.
“It’s probably going to get confusing,” the older Maggie said as she thought about complications in future years. “I never thought I’d know someone with the same name.”
Both have brown eyes and brown hair, but they like to do different things.
The younger Maggie lives in the country and likes to ride her bike, while the older Maggie lives in the city and prefers drawing and art.

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