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CON­ROE – Lone Star Col­lege-Mont­gomery grad­u­a­tion was twice as nice for three area fam­i­lies. Devyn Fitz­patrick & Ha­ley Fitz­patrick; Christo­pher Frantz & Ja­son Frantz; and Ari­ole Jones & Ash­ley Jones, all twins, cel­e­brated their as­so­ciates de­grees with al­most 1,400 other grad­u­ates May 12. The cer­e­mony was even more spe­cial for Ari­ole & Ash­ley be­cause their mother, Brandi Davis, led by ex­am­ple and also re­ceived her de­gree.

“I had a great ex­pe­ri­ence at LSCMont­gomery,” said Brandi. “Pro­fes­sors helped me get through some­thing that I tried to ac­com­plish 20 years ago and I fi­nally did it. I am glad to achieve it with my twin daugh­ters. May 12 is their birthday as well and it is Mother’s Day week­end, this is beau­ti­ful time to cel­e­brate life. This is won­der­ful.”

Brandi re­ceived her as­so­ciate of sci­ence and is trans­fer­ring to Sam Hous­ton State Univer­sity to be­come a di­eti­cian.

“I look for­ward to help­ing the world feel bet­ter, eat­ing and los­ing weight,” said Brandi.

Ed­u­cat­ing and help­ing peo­ple runs in the fam­ily; Ari­ole re­ceived her as­so­ciate of sci­ence in chem­istry and is go­ing on to Stephen F. Austin State Univer­sity to be­come a chem­istry teacher and Ash­ley re­ceived her as­so­ciate of arts in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion and will trans­fer to La­mar Univer­sity to study the same thing.

They said this fall will be the first time they have been apart for a long time.

“We have been apart be­fore, but not liv­ing apart,” said Ash­ley. “This will be for a year.”

“It is only a se­mes­ter,” Ari­ole re­minded her sis­ter. “We come back af­ter the se­mes­ter is over!”

Chris Frantz and Ja­son Frantz are stick­ing to­gether. Chris re­ceived his hon­ors as­so­ciate de­gree in com­puter sci­ence, and is trans­fer­ring to The Univer­sity of Texas at Austin, while Ja­son re­ceived his hon­ors as­so­ciates of arts in fi­nance and is wait­ing to hear back from UT.

“We will room to­gether, if given the op­tion,” said Chris.

“Chris al­ready found a place to live and I told him to take it be­cause if I do not get in I do not want him to be wait­ing,” said Ja­son. “If I do go and it does not work out to live to­gether this year, we will def­i­nitely live to­gether se­nior year.”

The boys de­cided to come to LSCMont­gomery to­gether be­cause it made sense fi­nan­cially for their fam­ily.

“We did not have the funds to both go to a four-year univer­sity and live on our own,” said Chris. “Even if there were one of us it would still have been very dif­fi­cult, but with both of us it was a no brainer to go to LSC-Mont­gomery.”

The broth­ers are both Hon­ors Col­lege Chan­cel­lor’s Fel­lows, which means they re­ceived a full tu­ition schol­ar­ship and a book al­lowance.

“At first we went to LSC-Mont­gomery for fi­nan­cial rea­sons, but over­all it was the right de­ci­sion,” said Ja­son who is also Vice Pres­i­dent of Ro­taract, Vice Pres­i­dent of Outreach for the Hon­ors Col­lege Stu­dent Or­ga­ni­za­tion and part of the Ac­count­ing Club. “Be­ing at LSCMont­gomery has given us so many lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. It has been such a big change from high school to now. I did not have any re­galia in high school and be­com­ing suc­cess­ful in col­lege has been some­thing that has been re­ally life chang­ing.”

It was a coincidence that the Fitz- pa­trick sis­ters were also ac­cepted to LSC-Mont­gomery as Hon­ors Col­lege Chan­cel­lors’ Fel­lows.

“Pro­fes­sor Kennedy called me first to say I was ac­cepted and I im­me­di­ately asked, ‘was my sis­ter ac­cepted too?!’” said Devyn. “He ac­tu­ally told me that was con­fi­den­tial and he could not tell me that in­for­ma­tion!”

“I was stressed out!” said Ha­ley. “I found out I was ac­cepted two days af­ter Devyn. I was wor­ried. I learned about the Hon­ors Col­lege Chancelor’s Fel­lows first and I thought, ‘man if I do not get in it would be de­press­ing!’”

Devyn grad­u­ated with her hon­ors as­so­ciates of sci­ence and plans to at­tend­ing nurs­ing school; Ha­ley also grad­u­ated with her hon­ors as­so­ciates of sci­ence, she will at­tend Sam Hous­ton State Univer­sity for bio­med­i­cal sci­ence.

Many think twins con­stantly switch places, trick­ing friends, fam­ily and teach­ers, but the Fitz­patricks, Frantzs and Jones have grown out of play­ing those games in col­lege, though they ad­mit­ted to try­ing to pull of switches in high school.

“In our col­lege classes we sat where we were sup­posed to so our teach­ers could keep us straight,” said Devyn.

“We do not have the same per­son­al­ity, but sim­i­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics,” said Ha­ley.

“We are so much alike,” said Chris. “We do tons of stuff to­gether. It is nice, be­ing twins has forced us to push each other.”

“He has had my back, I have had his,” said Ja­son.

For the Jones sis­ters their mother has also had their back. She en­cour­aged them to go to LSC-Mont­gomery to­gether and has en­joyed watch­ing them grow.

“LSC-Mont­gomery is a great step­ping stone to tran­si­tion from home to col­lege,” said Brandi. “It helped my daugh­ters un­der­stand how col­lege works, so now that they are go­ing to larger uni­ver­si­ties they are more ex­pe­ri­enced.”

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