A lot of people are asking what’s in the water in Copperas Cove.

The Copperas Cove school district currently has 96 sets of twins enrolled. That number does not include other multiple births like triplets or children too young to enroll in school.

Martin Walker Elementary School has 20 sets of twins.

Beth and Kenneth Meeks of Copperas Cove have two girls, Kennyde and Kenzyington, in prekindergarten at Clements/Parsons Elementary and triplets, Elijah, Isaac, and Levi, in kindergarten. The two girls are identical.

“Teachers have a hard time telling them apart,” Beth Meeks said. “They wear name tags so that teachers know which one is which.”

Less than a one-half percent of births — 1 in every 200 — are multiple births, said Dr. Ann Baylor of Metroplex Hospital. Genetics increase the risk of twin births, and pregnancies after the age of 35 also increase the chance of having a multiple birth.

“We have a very young demographic in this area and have a lot of pregnancies. So we don’t see a lot of infertility problems,” Baylor said.

Texas law gives parents the option to request classroom placement for multiple birth children and Copperas Cove ISD has always honored the Meeks’ requests.

The twins are in the same class, which Meeks said makes things easier to keep up with their lessons and class activities. The triplets were in the same class in pre-K last year, but Beth Meeks chose to split them up for kindergarten.

“They were always wrestling and were more focused on each other than the teacher,” said Meeks, adding that the triplets are fraternal and it’s easy to distinguish who is who. “All of the classes use the same academic lesson plans. So, our boys were able to learn their letters together and discuss lessons among themselves, which helps to reinforce learning.”

The Alexander twins agree being siblings of a multiple birth gives them academic advantages at Copperas Cove High School.

Brice and Ross Alexander both compete for the top academic spot in the junior class and next year for the honor of valedictorian. But the young men said they have an academic friendship, not a rivalry.

“We help each other out. It’s a great experience to have a twin and almost unfair to other students sometimes,” Ross Alexander said. “We help each other understand our class work and remind each other about deadlines. It’s very useful.”

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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