SEM Squared: Sister-Sisters

What would it be like going to high school with your sister or even sisters? For the 2017-2018 school year, there are 12 sets of sisters who go to SEM together. Some who see each other all the time and some who only see each other when they pass each other in the hallway. They’re sisters literally and they’re sisters figuratively, as are all who have attended SEM.

The Pohlman sisters

While seniors Brooke Pohlman ’18 and Casey Ball ’18 finished their last year at SEM, their sisters Katie Pohlman ’21 and Jada Ball ’21 finished their first year. “Even though I don’t really see her that much, it’s nice to have someone who’s gone through everything and knows the ropes of the school to help me out when I need it,” said Katie. All the sisters agreed that they don’t really see each other often because of the different hangout spaces; the senior lounge for the seniors and the study hall for the freshmen.

The Vaquero sisters

As for the Vaquero sisters, there aren’t just two sisters, there are three at SEM! “Having two sisters is pretty cool but also I wish I had my youngest here too cause I feel like she’s missing out and she feels left out when we talk about SEM situations,” said Natalia Vaquero ’18. When one goes another one comes as Natalia is headed to SUNY Canton next year, her youngest sister Daniella is a member of the Class 0f 2022.

When you have two sets of twins, it’s double the fun at SEM. Seniors Nia and Kai Ellis have been going to school together since a young age and are continuing on with that trend next year as they are both attending Howard University. “I feel like it’s different when you’re in the same grade because you have the support for the college process and homework,” said Nia Ellis ’18. They don’t get a break from each other but they both agreed it’s nice to have the support system at school. Freshman Eva and August Maines just finished their first year at SEM and got lucky with their schedules and didn’t have any classes together. “It’s a neutral way of seeing each other even though we’re in the same school but don’t have any classes together,” said Eva Maines ’21.

The Khang family

There are sets of sisters spread throughout all four grades. Mackenzie and Julia Beck have mutual feelings about going to school together: they both love it. “I love going to school with Julia. It’s nice that she can bring me stuff and I can go out and get her food if she wants it. It just works out well and we like to eat 2017-182017-18lunch together,” said Mackenzie Beck ’18.

Sisters Maggie Rose ’18 and Georgia Bontempo ’20 have even ended up in proctored study hall together. “Sometimes I don’t see her at all but somehow we both ended up in proctored for the same week for being late,” said Maggie Rose.

Sophmore Grace McHale followed in her older sister Maggie’s footsteps as they both transferred to SEM from Nardin. “It’s convenient and Maggie understands my complaints or my exciting feelings about school,” said Grace McHale ’20.

While it may be annoying at times, going to the same school as a sibling can be beneficial. “I think it has brought us closer. Because most of our lives revolve around school, by going to the same school, we have an intuitive understanding of each other’s stresses and problems,” said Maggie.

2017-18 SEM SISTERS:

Brooke Pohlman ’18 and Katie Pohlman ’21

Casey Ball ’18 and Jada Ball ’21

Nia Ellis ’18 and Kai Ellis ’19

Maggie Rose Bontempo ’18 and Georgia Bontempo ’20

Cara DeRose ’18 and Petra DeRose ’20

Maggie McHale ’18 and Grace McHale ’20

Mackenzie Beck ’18 and Julia Beck ’20

Natalia Vaquero ’18, Sophia Vaquero ’19, Gabriela Vaquero ’21, Daniella Vaquero ’22 (admitted)

Isabel Finkbeiner ’19 and Caroline Finkbeiner ’21

Ellen Khang ’19 and Lilian Khang ’21

Sara Alarziqi ’20 and Summar Alarziqi ’21

Eva Maines ’21 and August Maines ’21