Afton Public Schools has 11 sets of twins among 490 students; identical seniors earn same ACT score

AFTON, Okla. - The chance of having twins in the United States has increased over the last few decades, and people in Afton, Okla. believe the odds are especially in their favor.

This year, Afton Public Schools had 11 sets of twins across its district. What makes this number interesting is there are just under 500 students at Afton, from grads PreK to 12th grade. All are identical.

"It's pretty special, said Afton High School principal O. Jay Bowen said. "We never thought about it a whole lot, but Pitt State did an article and they were bragging about how they had nine sets of twins at Pittsburg State University. We had five to 10 the last five years or so, and then when we actually sat down and figure it out that we were at 11."

There are four sets at the high school. The youngest are two sets in kindergarten. The oldest, Austin and Dillon Johnson, just graduated Friday.

"We almost have one set per grade, on average," Bowen said.

But the seniors say being twins didn't seem like a novelty, because they seemed to always be surrounded by others just like them.

"Going to school and having a set of twins in almost every class, we didn't feel like we were so different," Dillon said. "There were so many twins around, so twins were just normal to everyone.  It wasn't weird."

Both Austin and Dillon are headed to Oklahoma State University in the fall, both on a full-ride academic scholarship. The identical twins also earned matching scores of 33 on the ACT.

"We took it a few times and raised our score every time," Austin said. "We did work together. We studied together, went to the same classes and helped each other out."

The Johnson brothers admit they do everything together, and attending a small school, they are literally involved in every extracurricular activity from FFA to student council to football and basketball. They even tried out competitive wrestling.

One of the only activities the twins did not do together during high school was baseball. Dillon played his senior, but Austin was still there to cheer his brother on at every game.

The only noticeable difference between the two is Dillon has a mole on his chin. Austin does not. Even still, the boys admit they never played tricks on their parents of teachers.

"We have actually never tried to trick anyone. Even if we could have, we never did," Dillon said.

They also say, contrary to popular belief, twins don't have "twin telepathy."

"I really think it is because we around each other 90 percent of the day, for our whole lives, that people think that" Austin said. "I don't think it is the fact that we are twins. I think if you are with anyone that long, you are going to start finishing each other's sentences."

They are headed off to school together, but may be headed in opposite directions post-graduation. Austin will study agriculture business with a minor in pre-law, while Dillon has plans to go to medical school after earning a degree in plant and soil sciences.

Although the Johnson twins are headed out of the district, there are still 10 sets left. Teachers and administrators say they likely have another set right behind them.  

"We get to see the unique bonds that they have with each other on a daily basis and that is pretty neat," Bowen said.

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