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Triplets in the news - June 2010

Have you heard the news? St. Louis Cardinal’s hitting coach and former Major League Baseball player Mark McGwire is a new daddy of triplet girls! McGwire’s wife Stephanie gave birth to the girls on June 1st. The girls were named Monet Rose, Marlo Rose, and Monroe Rose. McGwire, 46, is also the father of three boys named Matthew, Max, and Mason. Like Mark McGwire, all six children bear the “MM” initials.
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According to a recent article in the Nazareth Daily News, PA, triplet sisters Betsy, Jenny, and Kristen Biernat graduated in the top three spots of their high school’s Class of 2010. The triplets attended Nazareth Area High School. The oldest of the trio, Betsy, was the class valedictorian. The next oldest, Jenny, was the salutatorian, and Kristen, the youngest was the honor graduate. All three girls share the middle name of Ashley, participated in their high school marching band, and have carried high grades, but that’s where their similarities end. The girls don’t wear the same kinds of clothes, each has different interests, and each is headed to a different college.

None of the girls believe their successes stem from being triplets but instead from hard work. According to mom, Katherine, the triplets are “…sisters, just born at the same time.” In addition to hard work, Katherine also attributes the girls’ successes to being organized and on a schedule – skill sets parents of multiples must master early on in their multiples’ lives.
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Triplet boys, Zach, Cory, and Eric Bonacorsi, recent Rochester High graduates from Rochester, New York, are blazing their own independent trails as they make plans to serve in the United States Navy. The boys have been best friends their entire lives, but also felt like their individuality was somewhat lost because of their triplet status.

According to the State Journal-Register, the boys are looking forward to gaining some independence while serving in the Navy. “We’re not going to be around each other all the time any more, and we’re going to have to learn how to not rely on each other,” Cory said. Zach added, “I want to learn how to live on my own for a while.” Eric echoed similar sentiments. “We may not admit it now, but we are going to miss each other,” he said. Regardless of where these young men end up serving in Navy, their strong brotherly bond will always remain.
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According to a recent article in the Maryland newspaper, The Capital, triplets Hayley, Connor and Emma Gilbert from Arnold, MD, are not only recent graduates from Broadneck High School in Upper Marlboro, they are also entrepreneurs. While their academic achievements and future college plans are notable (Connor was the Class of 2010 valedictorian, all three siblings were members of the National Honor Society, and all played high school sports), the triplets embarked on a different and noteworthy path several years ago.

In 2007, the trio founded Polar Bear Nation, a nonprofit organization supporting the charitable group Polar Bears International.

The Gilbert triplets created the organization, designed the clothing and accessories, and found the suppliers to produce their items. A portion of their profits is donated to Polar Bears International, the world's leading polar bear science and education organization. The entrepreneurial triplets (who were profiled by CNN a couple of years ago -- see video) plan to continue their Polar Bear Nation business from their respective colleges.

The Gilbert triplets may not be aware of this fact, but female polar bears usually bear two cubs in a litter (twins). Triplet cubs can also occur depending on the health and condition of the mother. Several years ago, a group of women in Colorado formed a non-profit support group for parents of multiple birth children (twins, triplets, and more), and adopted the polar bear as their mascot. The group is called the Polar Bear MOMs of Colorado and serves mothers of multiples throughout the United States. It is also a member club of the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. (NOMOTC).

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