Four sets of twins in MC's freshman class

Four sets of twins in MC's freshman class

Aug. 30, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Walking around the Maryville College campus this fall, students and faculty might think they are seeing double.

This year’s 362-member freshman class, the largest in the College’s 194-year history, includes four sets of twins.

Kendra and Katlyn Myers, identical twins from Maryville, were undecided when it came to college decision time. When they did decide to attend Maryville College together, they were sure about one thing.

“We didn’t want to room together,” Katlyn said.

Although they have the same circle of friends, they wanted to branch out when they got to college. Both are paired up with roommates they met as students at Heritage High School. The twins are in the same residence hall – but their rooms are two floors apart.

Jordan and Delandra Carter, fraternal twin sisters from Knoxville, didn’t always know that they would attend the same college. When Delandra decided on MC, Jordan still had her sights set on a larger public university.

“I decided that I really liked the smaller feel of Maryville College,” said Jordan, who plans to major in nursing. Delandra plans to major in pre-vet.

Their mother, Jovette Johnson, had always hoped her daughters, both Bearden High School graduates, would go to college together, and she’s glad they decided to attend Maryville College.

“Being away from home, it’s good that they have each other,” Johnson said. “They have their own sets of friends and their own interests, but they’re always taking care of each other.”

Brother and sister duo Grace and Hayden Puryear of Gallatin, Tenn., decided to attend Maryville College together for several reasons.

“We both wanted to play soccer, and we really like the campus and the area,” said Grace, a member of the MC women’s soccer team. Hayden is on the MC men’s soccer team.

“I love the outdoors, and I like that Maryville is near the mountains and the city,” said Hayden, a Gallatin High School graduate who plans to major in accounting.

Their parents are pleased with their decision, too.

“We’ve made it easier for them to come visit,” Hayden said.

Will and Michael Stevens, identical twins from White House, Tenn., performed their college search together.

The Nashville Christian Community High School graduates wanted to play football under MC Head Football Coach Mike Rader, and both were interested in participating in the College’s Scots Science Scholars program.

The new, National Science Foundation-funded program prepares students for STEM majors and careers.

“I feel a lot more prepared, and [the summer bridge experience] gave me a great transition to college,” said Will, who plans to major in biochemical engineering. Michael plans to major in exercise science and chemical engineering.

The twins, who are on the MC developmental football team, said they look forward to their time at Maryville College – although they expect to get a few double-takes on campus.

“People get us confused all the time,” Michael said.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.