Sets Of Twins To Graduate From U.Va. May 23
29, 1999 -- The graduating class of 1999 at the University
of Virginia has seven sets of twins -- all of them in-state students
hailing from Richmond, Annandale, Chantilly, McLean, Lynchburg,
West Point, and Roanoke. Three sets are identical, four are fraternal.
Four of the sets are men, three are women.
two sets of the fraternal twins look almost identical, one pair
of fraternals reports they have identical IQs and came in with identical
SAT scores. Five sets decided to major in the same subject -- identical
degrees will be awarded in chemical engineering, economics, government,
Spanish, and biology. One set of fraternal brothers has been on
the cheerleading squad since they arrived as first-year students.
Several sets have joined the same fraternities and sororities, while
others have decided to follow different paths while at U.Va.
following is information about each set of twins.
and Courtney Caprio are identical twins from West Point. Jenna is
a government and religious studies major; Courtney is a government
major. They grew up on a farm and attended West Point High School.
They both like sports and reading and going to the beach. Both are
involved in volunteer activities with such organizations as Habitat
for Humanity, University of Virginia Democrats and Amnesty International.
Both students plan to attend law school.
and Richard Catalano are fraternal twins from Roanoke. They were
born in the Bronx, N. Y. and lived in W. Harrison, N.Y. until their
senior year of high school when their family moved to Roanoke. They
finished high school at Cave Spring High School there. They both
have been on the cheerleading team at U.Va. for four years. They
are both economics majors and members of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
The twins plan to work in business and finance after graduation.
and Deepa Channaiah are fraternal twins who were born in Lynchburg
and grew up in Roanoke. They attended William Byrd High in Vinton
and the Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology.
Both are biology majors, they are Echols Scholars, they perform
Indian Classical Dancing and like to play basketball. They plan
to attend medical school in Ohio this fall. They say they have similar
interests and goals, but have different personalities.
and Jeff Dershewitz are fraternal twins who grew up in Annandale.
Stephen attended J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Va.
and is a Spanish major. Jeff attended Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology and is an environmental science major.
Stephen is a program director for the Migrant Aid Program at U.Va.,
he coaches a youth soccer team and is a member of Pi Lambda Phi
fraternity. Jeff draws a comic strip for the student newspaper,
the Cavalier Daily, and likes playing sports. They have the same
SAT and IQ scores.
and Alex Rodriguez are fraternal twins who grew up in McLean and
attended McLean High School. Nick is a Spanish and biology major,
and Alex is a Spanish and history major. Both love to play soccer
and snowboard. They say they share common musical interests and
have similar personalities, but they have different friends. Both
plan to work in Washington, D. C., for a year before going to graduate
and Jessica Stockton are identical twins who grew up in Chantilly
and attended Chantilly High School. Sarah transferred from Loyola
College in Maryland to attend U.Va. for her final two years. She
is a member of U.Va. Boosters, Delta Gamma sorority and is an honor
advisor. She is a psychology major. Jessica belongs to the same
sorority and has been a member of ROTC for four years. She is a
nursing major and will serve in the Army as a nurse at Ft. Bragg,
N.C., next year.
and Matt Switzer are identical twins who are both chemical engineering
majors. They were born and grew up in Richmond and attended Mills
E. Godwin High School there. Matt will be going to work for BASF
Corporation and Michael will enter graduate school at U.Va. in the
Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Both enjoy sports
and the outdoors.
Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778.