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Six sets of twin to graduate in Palm Harbor

Five of the six sets of graduating twins, from left, Zefi and Anastasia Malissovas, Hannah and Alexa Ralicki, Amy and Jessica Ferguson, Anastasia and Alex Rigopoulos, Courtney and Josh DeVoll, take a photograph Tuesday at John C. Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor. Not pictured are Jordan and Alex White.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Five of the six sets of graduating twins, from left, Zefi and Anastasia Malissovas, Hannah and Alexa Ralicki, Amy and Jessica Ferguson, Anastasia and Alex Rigopoulos, Courtney and Josh DeVoll, take a photograph Tuesday at John C. Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor. Not pictured are Jordan and Alex White.

PALM HARBOR

A mong the 510 seniors expected to graduate from Palm Harbor University High School today are six sets of fraternal twins.

We asked them what makes them similar and what makes them unique. Yes, some finish each other's sentences and no, they don't dress in matching outfits ... anymore.

The graduation is at 2 p.m. at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa.

Alexa and Hannah Ralicki

Happy birthday to the Ralicki twins, who not only graduate today but also turn 18.

How they're alike: "Sometimes we'll finish each other's sentences or we'll be thinking the same thing and look at each other and laugh," said Hannah. "Sometimes we think about if we weren't twins would we still be friends? Her being the extrovert … and me just hanging low, but I think we'd still be friends."

How they're different: Hannah likes to fish and said she's more outdoorsy than her sister. Alexa is more social and was prom queen this year.

The future: The girls are Florida State University-bound. Alexa plans to major in communications. Hannah will be a biology major. They plan to room together.

Alex and Anastasia Rigopoulos, 18

How they're alike: The brother-sister duo are both Ford truck aficionados.

How they're different: "I'm more into martial arts type stuff and she's more into makeup and stuff like that," Alex said.

The future: The twins are attending St. Petersburg College. Alex wants to apply for the X-ray technician program and Anastasia hopes to be trained as a pharmacist.

Jessica and Amy Ferguson, 17

How they're alike: Sometimes they give similar answers. When asked what it's like having a twin, Jessica replied, "What's it like to have a sister?" Later when Amy was asked the same question, she answered, "It's the same thing as having a sister."

How they're different: Amy is a gymnast who will walk on to the University of Florida team. She also likes to dress up more than Jessica. "She always gets mad at me, 'Why don't you ever wear cute clothes?' " Jessica said.

The future: The girls are headed to the University of Florida but won't live together for the first time in their lives. Jessica hasn't declared a major yet but is leaning toward physiotherapy or sports management. Amy is also undecided but wants to do something related to sports medicine.

Alex and Jordan White, 17

How they're alike: Jordan said he and his brother love water sports, especially wake-boarding and surfing. "There are a lot of things I do that I see him do," Jordan said. "It's weird. Just the way he talks, the way he responds to questions is the way I would respond."

How they're different: Jordan plays bass guitar in a band called Sunday's Finest. Alex is an avid spear fisher.

The future: Jordan is going to ITT Technical Institute to study graphic design. Alex is going to Valencia Community College in Orlando to study engineering.

Anastasia and Zefi Malissovas, 17

How they're alike: The fashionistas both drive Volkswagen Beetles. Zefi's is lime green and Anastasia's is a bluish-purple color they call "blurple."

How they're different: "I make jewelry, I paint, I draw and I sew occasionally, and she goes to the beach and plays volleyball and soccer," Anastasia said. "She did all the sports in high school and I did all the art classes."

The future: Both girls are going to St. Petersburg College. Anastasia wants to be an esthetician, or skin care specialist, and Zefi wants to enter the dental hygiene program.

Josh and Courtney DeVoll, 18

How they're alike: Josh and Courtney have two younger sisters who are also twins. Sometimes Courtney will have a song stuck in her head and Josh will start humming it. Both are fans of the television show Lost.

How they're different: Courtney was the quarterback on her flag football team. Josh is an artist.

The future: Courtney wants to enter Disney's college program or enter the University of Central Florida in January. She hopes to study computer animation. Josh wants to study art at UCF or at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Tamara El-Khoury can be reached at (727) 445-4181 or tel-khoury@sptimes.com.

Six sets of twin to graduate in Palm Harbor 06/03/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 9:20pm]
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