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Two at the Top

June 3, 2015

Dylan and Robert DaviesIdentical twin brothers share unique accomplishment

Dylan and Robert Davies are similar in many ways, which you might expect when meeting identical twins. So it’s no surprise that the two will both graduate from South Glens Falls High School in the Top 10 students later this month.

But the brothers, who are involved in different coursework activities at South High, are obviously different, as any pair of identical twins might tell you about themselves. Yet at the same time, less than a point separates them in their grade point averages.

“We could read before we were in kindergarten,” explained Robert, when considering how they have both come to be so successful academically.

“And we both just wanted to be successful,” Dylan added on to his brother’s sentence, as if he had started the thought in the first place, an easy, comfortable habit the two seem to continue throughout the conversation. They agreed that while their family encouraged learning and an environment conducive to their success, their own drive was a big part of it, too.

“It is no surprise that both Dylan and Robert are in the top 10 of their graduating class; academically, they have been so disciplined and motivated to do their best.  I have always been impressed with their maturity and respectfulness,” said their guidance counselor Stacy Lloyd. “Because they are identical twins, it was very difficult for me to tell them apart as ninth graders. However, I now see their own, unique personalities shine through and have really begun to appreciate their individuality.”

The pair, who just celebrated their 18th birthday, can explain their own differences and similarities easily—Robert was born first but Dylan is taller.

They both participate in cross country and track, South High Marathon Dance, band and jazz band (Dylan plays the trombone and Robert plays the saxophone) and are members of the National Honor Society.

SGF track and cross country coach Paul Stoutenger, who has coached Dylan and Robert since middle school, says they will be missed.

“As distance runners, you have to be mentally tough. They have proven this time and again in the classroom as well,” Stoutenger said. “What sets them apart? They are very disciplined, respectful, and just great people to be around.”

The two, who say they get along well and often do things like order the same food without knowing it, will be separating for the first time in a few months as they plan to attend different colleges that are several hours apart.

While Dylan is planning to attend Albany College of Pharmacy Health Sciences to major in clinical laboratory science, Robert is heading to St. Lawrence University in Canton, to major in pre-law.

“If we wanted to go to the same school, we would go to the same school,” Dylan said very matter-of-factly.

“It just didn’t happen,” Robert agreed, finishing the sentence in the same nonchalant way that Dylan began it.

So what will it be like for the brothers when they move away from each other?

“I don’t know,” Robert said. “People keep asking. I think at first we will talk a lot,” but then ease into a different groove.

“But I have no idea how it’s going to feel,” Dylan finished, smiling and shrugging.

Yet even though the pair will be miles apart, they seem to have a bond that will go the distance.

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