Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.


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.


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

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

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Supreme Court allows limited version of Trump's travel ban to take effect, will consider case in fall


    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to allow a limited version of President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect, and will consider in the fall the president's broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raised fundamental issues of national security …

    Prrotesters wave signs and chant during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, outside a federal courthouse in Seattle in May. The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it. The action Monday, June 26, 2017, is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. [Associated Press]
  2. Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches


    TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend.

    The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.99 at a Rally station on Pasadena Ave. South and Gulfport Boulevard South, South Pasadena.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  3. Restaurant review: Deccan Spice in Feather Sound is a gateway to the allures of Indian cuisine

    Food & Dining


    Feather Sound's Tru Lounge, which was Flo Lounge before that, morphed into Grand Siam in 2012, a giant Thai restaurant owned by the folks who had Ban Thai restaurants in Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon and Lakeland. It was lavish with dramatic fluted chandeliers and a long, polished wood sushi bar, but it …

    Some of the selections at a recent lunch buffet at Deccan Spice included chicken biryani, gobi masala and murgh masala.
  4. Gov. Rick Scott appoints 'my friend' Jimmy Patronis as state chief financial officer


    Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed a long-time friend and political supporter, Jimmy Patronis, to replace Jeff Atwater as Florida's next chief financial officer, making him one of three members of the Cabinet that sets state policy on a …

    Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO
  5. Officially official: Malik Zaire, Jake Fruhmorgen join Florida Gators


    It's finally, officially official: Malik Zaire has joined the Florida Gators.