Twins and triplets are multiplying the enjoyment of the Grafton High School prom
They’re going to prom as friends, but these bonds run a little deeper than usual.
When Ally and Amanda Parsons moved to Grafton six years ago, Erin, Ryan and Michael Hogan were among the first people they met. All instantly became friends, and that continues today as juniors in high school.
They often take the same classes, participate in the same activities and can usually be found hanging out at the Hogans’ house. But one more quality connects this group: The Parsons are twins and the Hogans are triplets.
It’s shaping up to make prom all the more fun. They are all going as friends along with more than 20 of their classmates.
After discussing prom with his friends for much of winter, Dawson Lewis, the lone non-twin or triplet, asked Erin. He came to her house with a sign and flowers, but she wasn’t home.
He waited. Erin arrived around 11:30 p.m. to a sign in her room that quoted the Beatles and had a Michigan vs. Oregon State football ticket taped to it. It said “Hey Erin, I have a (ticket) to have fun, so don’t let me down and twist and shout with me @ prom.”
Erin was at first startled as Lewis approached her from behind, but the answer was yes.
Lewis had received advice on how to ask Erin, a talented singer who likes hippie clothes.
“People told me to sing. That would have been hard for me,” he said.
Next, Ryan asked Ally at an opportune time. The softball pitcher just got home from leading Grafton to victory over conference-rival Germantown, “So I was in a good mood,” she said.
Ryan’s cover story was he had to drop off something from his mom to Ally’s mom, which Ally figured was bogus. The two went to homecoming together last fall, so prom wasn’t a stretch.
Ryan asked Ally to come outside, where he held a sign that said, “Ally, I’ve seen you hit I’ve seen you pitch but maybe you can test your feet at prom w/,” next to an arrow point up.
“You want to, like, make it special for the girl,” Ryan said.
Michael stopped at Amanda’s house on a Sunday before his baseball game. She answered the door to Ryan holding a simple sign. It said “Prom” with the classic Milwaukee Brewers logo as the “M.”
“I wouldn’t want a huge deal. It was perfect,” Amanda said.
Though nobody let the surprise out early, she had an inkling something was coming.
“I knew what was happening. I was, like, of course, this is wonderful,” she said.
While prom is double and triple the fun for the teens, the parents are enjoying the experience as well, though not their wallets.
“Expensive” is how Mary Ellen Hogan described sending three children to the same big dance.
“It’s just getting us ready for college,” she said.
Erin searched online and got the first dress she tried on.
Ally and Amanda found their dresses on the first day of shopping.
“It was actually easier to do together,” their mother Laura said.
“I thought it was fun ‘cause I like shopping and she doesn’t,” Ally said.
Amanda said it was “kinda fun.”
Ryan and Michael got suits they can wear in the future.
“It was kind of like, let’s get a suit quick,” Ryan said.
“It’s a lot of hassle. We’re guys. We don’t put that much time into it,” Michael said.
The two, who have roomed together since they were young, made sure the suits
were different colors. Though they’re not the same size, if their clothes look the same the pair has been known to wear each other’s duds as a joke.
The twins and triplets do their fair share of teasing. From inadvertently sharing phone chargers to battling over the last piece of pizza, they are typical teen siblings.
“It’s always dumb stuff,” Ally said.
But they push each other.
“It’s kind of like that sibling edging each other out. Be better in a good way,” Michael said.
“They definitely have inner connections that I do not have,” Lewis said.
Believe it or not, the connection isn’t that rare in the Grafton High School junior class. It has two sets of triplets and three sets of twins.
“That’s really unusual. When my wife and I had twins, we thought that made us unique, but then the girls became part of a class that has a lot of multiple-birth siblings. We realized we aren’t that different,” Ally and Amanda’s dad Scott Parsons said.
These triplets and twins can easily describe their sisters and brothers’ best qualities.
“Ally’s independent. She’s blunt and honest,” Amanda said.
“She’s really weird but in a good way,” Ally said of Amanda. “She cares about others emotions. She’s worried about what others would think.”
Ryan said Michael is quiet but blunt. “He says what he’s thinking.”
Michael said he likes that his brother can make him laugh sometimes, but he does serve as the outspoken one.
“Ryan’s a loudmouth. He’s never afraid to take the spotlight away from me,” he said.
Some of Erin’s descriptions matched her brothers’ observations.
“He’s a really nice guy, handsome, really caring,” she said of Michael.
“Ryan is a very loud person. He’s really funny and he’s super good with kids,” she said.
Both Ryan and Michael noted the trait that sets Erin apart.
“Erin has talents. She’s an unbelievable singer,” Michael said.
The five’s career interests are as varied as the qualities they see in each other.
Michael wants to go into sports broadcasting, Ryan wants to be a pediatric nurse and Erin wants to study applied voice and music education.
Amanda is considering business and Ally said she has no idea but is leaning toward the medical field.
The twins plan on going to different universities.
“But it will be close,” Amanda said.
“No, it won’t be close,” Ally said.
Regardless of career or location, all agree this bond they have formed will last a lifetime.
“It’s just a great mix and they’re all phenomenal kids,” Scott Parsons said.
PHOTO CREDIT: The Hogan triplets and Parsons twins made plans to attend Grafton High School’s prom together this Saturday. Front from left are Ryan and Erin Hogan, (second row) Michael Hogan and Dawson Lewis and (third row) Amanda and Ally Parsons. Photo by Sam Arendt