For Twinsburg Twins Rachel and Matthew Zronek, attending every Twins Days in all their 24 years substantiates their love of the festival, the friendships made, and their own unique bond. It’s true: they may not share the same physical characteristics as other twins, but they celebrate just the same, by participating in events such as the parade, twin contests, research studies, guest appearances, and the talent show. For the last nine years, they have helped on various festival committees and Matt produced promotional films for the festival. These two have been awarded many medals, including the coveted gold for being the ‘Most Alike Male/Female’ in their youth; and then they snatched gold again, but in the ‘Least Alike’ contest as adults!
Rachel and Matthew are both honor graduates from Kent State University’s School of Communication. This past May, Rachel received her Masters in Health Education and Promotions and is a Marketing Activities Coordinator at University Hospitals. Matt, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, is a QTV Production Assistant at the Quicken Loans Arena working with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Gladiators and the Lake Erie Monsters, and is a freelance promo editor and videographer for PBS.
“Matt is my hero because he will go out of his way to help anyone even if it doesn’t benefit him. He is the most dedicated hardworking person I know. Call him a superhero or a genuinely great guy; he has one of the biggest hearts I know.” – Rachel
“Rachel is my hero because when we’re hanging out with her friends, she has the ‘power’ to make me feel like I fit in. She’s compassionate and wise beyond her years.” – Matt
And the Zronek twins on ‘Superheroes’……..
During a past festival, Rachel and Matt were guest speakers on Radio Disney. Ironically, Rachel was asked if she possessed ‘Super Powers’. Her answer was simple. “Don’t all twins?”
It’s true. There is a ‘superhero’ in all multiples – and in the families and friends that love and support them. This weekend is a celebration of everyone’s own special talents and unique bonds – those special gifts – those ‘Super Powers’!
If you look at Michael and Megan Hill-from Wickliffe and Eastlake, Ohio respectively- you would not think of them as twins. But that is what makes their twinship even more unique than most. They are indeed twins, not just siblings, and they share a special inseparable bond. This bond was exemplified several years ago when Megan was at an out-of-town softball tournament on their birthday. For years, these two wanted to experience their own birthday celebration and at long last, Megan’s absence presented the opportunity. As the hours of the day passed, each longed for the other and both realized what a terrible mistake they had made. From that moment on, they appreciated their unique bond and their eternal connection to one another. Megan is a full-time student at Notre Dame College working toward a degree in Accounting. She works at Wickliffe Lanes where she and her twin brother are avid bowlers. Mike works for Luxury Lawns Landscaping and has plans to return to school to finish his degree in Graphic Design. These two have attended 23 Twins Days Festivals and have won many awards in the ‘Least Alike Male/Female’ contests. Both have volunteered time during the Twins Days Festival over the years, and this year they are excited to take on a new ‘royal’ role!”
Megan is my superhero because she is always there for me. She is not just my sister, she is my best friend – and I can always count on her.” – Michael
“Michael is my hero because I know that no matter the distance, he will be there for me when I am in need.” – Megan
Ashley and Amanda Truesdale, 16-year-old identical twins from Delphos, Ohio, are very unique because they are so much alike in their looks but so different in their personalities. But this doesn’t stop their friendship and love for each other, nor their joint activities. In the fall, you can find the girls under the Friday Night Lights cheering on the Jefferson High School Varsity Wildcats and performing in the halftime show with the marching band. In the winter months, they are under the basket every Friday and Saturday night once again cheering the Wildcats on to victory! Ashley and Amanda also dance and twirl. Outside of school, the girls are found scooping ice cream at the Dairy Hut or serving other concessions at Lima Land Speedway. At their very first Twins Days Festival when they were just 11 months old, they were awarded the gold in the “Cutest Twins” contest. This year they are celebrating their 13th Twins Days Festival. The girls pride themselves every year in getting their pictures taken with all the twins on the royal court telling their parents, “We have to find them all!” This year the search will be easy for we are proud to have Ashley and Amanda represent Twins Days as our Princesses!
Why Amanda is ‘my superhero’: “Because she is always there when I need her. “ – Ashley
Why Ashley is ‘my superhero’: “Because she is always there for me and she knows how to make me feel better.” – Amanda
Identical twins Zachary and Ryan Malm have been attending the Twins Days Festival since they were 7 months old thus making 2012 their 15th year. In June, they graduated middle school, both earning the Presidential Academic Fitness Award and the Merit Award. They both ran cross country in the fall and also participated in spring track. They qualified for finals and were also both voted “Unsung Heroes” by their teammates and coach. The boys are very excited to start high school this fall and enjoy spending time together playing video games, going to the library, and walking around downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, their hometown. They also love roller coasters and thrill rides, and they never turn down an opportunity for new experiences. What an exciting experience this festival will be for our Princes…and they’ll even ride on a coaster car in the Double Take Parade!
Why Zack is ‘my superhero’: “Zack is my best friend and he is also a great artist and all- around good guy” – Ryan
Why Ryan is ‘my superhero’: “My brother Ryan is the funniest person I know—and also I think he is pretty cool.” – Zack
Thomas and Jessica Purnell were born 18 years ago, and only 30 seconds apart. They have lived in Twinsburg for nearly fifteen years and have attended every Twins Days festival with their older twin brothers, Matthew and Daniel. They graduated from Twinsburg High School in May, where they were actively involved in the Great Expectations Show Choir. They will both be attending college this fall. Jessica will major in biology and study pre-medicine at The Ohio State University. Thomas will study computer science and technology at The University of Akron. Although their academic plans differ, they share many interests, such as cooking, reading, running, singing, dancing, and playing Xbox. They are looking forward to their first year experience in college and to attending future Twins Days!
“Tommy is my super hero because he stands up for me; he supports me; and most importantly, he believes in me.” ~ Jess
“Jess is my super hero because she helped me find my way to success. Her support inspires me to excel at everything I do.” ~ Tommy