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Allendale’s Northern Highlands Regional HS Class of 2023 features 11 sets of twins

The 22 students are part of a graduating class of 340. They include three sets of brother/sister twins, one set of sisters and seven sets of twin brothers.

Matt Trapani and Amanda Lee

Jun 21, 2023, 11:23 PM

Updated 365 days ago

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One graduating class at a Bergen County high school is making headlines due to 11 sets of twins graduating this year.
The twins are all part of the Class of 2023 at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale. All are set to walk across the stage at Thursday’s graduation ceremony.
The 22 students are part of a graduating class of 340. They include three sets of brother/sister twins, one set of sisters and seven sets of twin brothers.
This would seem to be a record at the school, but Principal Joe Occhino says that there were 16 sets of twins in the 2021 graduating class.
“Here we are. Sixteen a few years ago and another 11 this year – unbelievable,” he says.
Many might be wondering why there are so many twins in the district.
“Everybody has their opinions on what it is. I have no idea, but they’re great kids and we’re very fortunate,” Occhino says.
Many of the twins say growing up together was like having a built-in best friend.
“Every first day of school you go into together and all the activities you kind of get signed up together for everyone,” says twin Sarah Cornacchaa. “It’s like you have a built-in friend so you’re not as nervous to go into anything.”
They have all spent their lives pretty much side-by-side. Going to college will be their first time living apart.
“Our entire lives, the first 18 years has basically been the same thing for both of us but I think that we're still going to be able to continue our friendship through college while still being able to have our own lives,” say Roman and Justin Dario.
Many of the twins are involved in sports and plan to go into science or engineering in college.


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