Congratulations to our 2017 Royal Court!
GRAND MARSHALS: Alyssa and Kyle Troyer
From the beautiful city of Twinsburg, our 2017 Grand Marshals are Alyssa and Kyle Troyer. Born on June 5, 1999, they have been attending the Twins Days Festival since they were one! They will be seniors at Twinsburg High School this fall. Both are members of the National Honor Society. Alyssa has participated in soccer throughout her high school career and was selected to the First Team All-Conference. She was also on the track team for one year and was awarded a letter! Kyle has been in Twinsburg’s Great Expectation Show Choir, an award winning nationally ranked group. Kyle created ‘Jumbo-Tron’ videos and graphics for the Great Expectations 2017 baseball show. He also enjoys teaching the middle school show choir with plans to serve as an assistant for the girls’ high school show choir this fall. Next year, Kyle plans to major in business and Alyssa in physical therapy. The Troyer twins are proud to serve as this year’s Grand Marshals for they love being from the hometown of the largest celebration of twins.
KINGS: Scott and Nathan Hasbrook
Nathan and Scott Hasbrook are from Moore, Oklahoma and this marks their 8th consecutive year attending the Festival. As kids they spent nearly all of their time together and this continued as they went through high school and college. They have always been the best of friends and enjoy traveling together. One of their most notable adventures was backpacking through Europe for an entire summer. They were able to see many world-class sights and even ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. They believe that their unique bond as twins is special and allows them to have someone that they can truly rely on and trust. Most people are not so fortunate to have someone that they know always have their back, and this fact is not lost on the boys. They know their bond is special and something that should not ever be taken for granted. Although Nathan and Scott now live in different states and both got married this last year, they ensure that they stay in close contact and always know what the other is up to. One of their favorite parts about Twins Days is that they get to spend time with each other as well as their twin friends.
QUEENS: Amber and Ashley Ganoe
The Ganoe Twins, also known as ‘AmberAshley’ or ‘AshleyAmber’ were born on August 25, 1982. Amber is the older twin, but only by a minute and Ashley is content being the baby. The twins grew up in Clarion, PA, where they graduated high school in 2001, and went to separate colleges. Amber attended Clarion University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Ashley went to Slippery Rock University where she also majored in Communications and minored in dance. The twins graduated in 2005, and went to work together at Eat’n Park and their hometown radio station as On-Air Talents. In 2007, Amber moved to Pittsburgh to pursue her radio career and Ashley went to graduate school earning her Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education in 2009. Currently, Amber lives in Pittsburgh where she works at Wilke and Associates as an Accounts Receivable Manager. She is also planning a February 2018 wedding to her fiancé Brian. Ashley lives 8 minutes from her sister and works at Carlow University as the Events and Special Projects Coordinator and Cheer Coach. Together they enjoy working out, eating ice cream, laughing and spending time with each other and their cats.
PRINCE AND PRINCESS: Francesca and Frederick Bolchalk (Note: Frederick is Bolchalk III)
Ten year old Francesca and Frederick Bolchalk from Warren, Ohio, stole the hearts of Royal Court judges with their charming essays. Though Francesca is one minute older then her twin brother, Frederick is ‘bigger’. Both have been playing piano since they were four years old. Frederick also plays saxophone in the school band and he loves sports. He plays flag football, basketball, and has a green belt in Karate. As the starting pitcher on his competition baseball team, he is known as ‘Bullet’. In the future, Freddy hopes to be a pitcher for the New York Yankees as well as a brain surgeon. Francesca has wanted to be a Twins Days Princess since she was three! She loves dance and competitive gymnastics. Though she performs ballet, jazz, tap, acro, baton, contemporary, and hip hop, her favorite is acro. She is also in the school band with her brother, playing clarinet and piano. In the future, Francesca wants to be a professional dancer and a surgeon. Someday, Francesca hopes to have two sets of twins: three girls and one boy, just like she has two sisters and her twin brother. Precious. Enough said!
PRINCE AND PRINCESS: Carolyn and Nathan Barrington
From Chesapeake, Virginia, 17 year old Carolyn and Nathan Barrington describe themselves as military kids that have seen so many beautiful places, experienced so many beautiful cultures, and met so many beautiful people. Carolyn and Nathan go to two different schools because Carolyn is attending their school district’s ‘Science and Medicine Academy’, although she adds, “Nathan is definitely the smarter one.” They are ranked in their schools, nearly at the top of their classes, because academics are very important to them. This summer, Nathan attended “Boy’s State”, a week-long program for those who represent the quality of leadership best in their high school. Carolyn is a Girl Scout of over ten years, a lacrosse player, and a dedicated member of the school band. She will serve as Drum Major this fall. Nathan is a Boy Scout diligently working to become an Eagle Scout. He is a stellar Spanish student and a FANTASTIC cross country and track runner. Both are very involved in their community, volunteering at local hospitals and other local organizations. These best friends consider themselves the biggest pair of ‘dorks’ one will ever know, and they wouldn’t want anyone else as their twin!
Twinsburg High School Scholarship Winner: Raman Bhambra
From her youth, some of Raman Bhambra’s fondest memories take her back to the Twins Days Festival, a weekend she remembered as being celebrated with enthusiasm, fun and games. As she grew in age, she began to understand the significance of this global celebration. A sense of community pride led her to volunteer countless hours at the festival, and many other organizations, which also gave her the opportunity to work toward her goal of serving others. Along with volunteerism, Raman’s list of musical, religious, and school activities is endless. A member of the tennis team, she played varsity all four years, earning First Team All-Conference. She was a camp volunteer for the Sikh Youth Alliance of North America and an Orator for the Sikh Youth Symposium. A student of ‘Academic Excellence’, Raman took College Credit Plus classes and was a member of the National Honor Society and President of the Foreign Language Honor Society. Raman wishes to continue her life of academics and service by entering the medical field of Neuroscience or Biomedical Engineering. She will be attending Northeast Ohio Medical University for a six year combined BS/MD program.
Twinsburg High School Scholarship Winner: Jessica Lyden
While at Twinsburg High School, Jessica Lyden learned more than just classwork. She developed self-confidence and self-advocacy as well as strong time management skills, something she is quite proud of. Jessica was a cheerleader for both football and basketball all four years, earning 7 varsity awards. Her non-school competitive team brought home two national titles during her freshman and sophomore years. A member of Pep Club and the Homecoming Committee, she gave her time for the support of others. Her volunteer work with the Twins Days Festival, summer youth camps, the Twinsburg Safety Forces Open House, and Athletic Boosters’ events allow her help those in need. Academically, Jessica also participated in the Twinsburg High College Credit Plus program. Jessica learned that through hard work, determination, and focus she could achieve academic success and her dream of going to college. Today, Jessica is realizing that dream. She will be attending the University of Mount Union where she will major in criminal justice. She aspires to attend law school to become an attorney within the juvenile justice system.
Twins Days Festival Scholarship Winners: Alex Jeffrey and Adam David Walter
“Being an identical twin is something extraordinary and unique”, begins Alex Walter about the relationship of him and his twin brother Adam. “It is a common thought that when you are an identical twin, it is hard to be unique. After 18 years of being a twin I have learned to embrace the uniqueness.” From Wapakoneta, Ohio, the Walter brother’s biography is as identical as they are. Both are Eagle Scouts, JV and Varsity letterman in football and track as well as Varsity Vocals ICHSA members, their group ranking as Quarterfinalist in the International Championship School A Cappella. They are also members of the Western Buckeye League Champion football and track teams. These two share a special bond and they would not trade this friendship for the world! The uniqueness of being a twin will follow them through college. Both have been accepted into the same college, The Ohio State University, and both plan to major in Optometry. After they graduate, Alex and Adam would like to open an office called ‘Double Vision’.