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AMES —–There’s the artistic one, the techie one and the athletic one. The only thing identical about fraternal triplets Meggie Royer, Nick Royer and Emily Royer, who graduated from Ames High School May 26, is that they exceat most anything they put their minds to.
June 11, 2013
Nick and Emily were named finalists and Meggie is a Commended Scholar in the National Merit Scholars program, for example.
And the list goes on.
Meggie won Gold and Silver Medals in the 2013 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and received the Winifred V. and Jeffrey Brown Best of Show Award for her photography in the annual High School Seniors Show.
Nick, who earned a computer in the Computational Thinking Contest at ISU for the second consecutive year without breaking a mental sweat, is receiving a scholarship from Iowa State. He’s enrolling in the Platoon Leaders’ Course to boost his application to become an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Emily shows aptitude for social sciences, languages, music and sports. She took the top honors in the Ames High School Quiz Bowl, earned a spot in the All-State Band playing flute, and rounds out her life with soccer and Tae Kwon Do. She’s planning to attend McAllister College for a degree in international studies or Spanish with a human rights program minor.
The triplets trace their love of learning to Sawyer Elementary School, where second grade teacher Veralyn Schilling ignited the spark.
Emily said by the time they reached high school, the siblings were primed for collaborative learning with teachers willing to impart wisdom from life experience along with the requisite subject content.
All three took calculus with Stuart Sparkman, for example.
Sparkman made sure each student felt comfortable in the class, Emily said.
“He took a subject that most people wouldn’t feel a personal connection with and made it come alive,” she said.
Meggie called him one of the most passionate teachers she has ever known.
“And that says, a lot,” she said, “considering the caliber of teachers at Ames High School who are willing to stay before or after school and provide individual attention.”
Nick said he learns best from a less structured environment, and educators like Ames High School history teacher Bob Logsdon widened his worldview and provided him enough flexibility to pursue his interests.
“Mr. Logsdon gave me an appreciation of history, but even more, he emphasized various anecdotal aspects of life that are good to know,” Nick said.
All three said they were shaped by the positive influence of Tae Kwon Do, Emily said.
“It provided role models and an environment to develop interpersonal skills,” she said.
Emily and Meggie ply such interpersonal skills in Key Club, helping senior citizens, for example, and through endeavors like Relay for Life, and Project Linus, which provides blankets for hospitalized children.
Nick said growing up with his sisters as triplets is all he’s ever known, but he suspects having a built-in peer support group is an advantage.
“Even though it was a little weird for me being the only male, we are all dealing with similar things at school and in our social lives,” he said. “We can relate to each other because we’re the same age.”
Meggie, who plans to study psychology but hasn’t selected a university, said she’s braced for the shock of going away to college after rooming with Emily for 18 years.
“There’s a rumor that Meggie and I can understand each other telepathically,” she said. “That’s not true—we’re very different personalities and I think Emily has prepared me for living with a college roommate.”
Nick agrees. “My sisters have definitely prepared me to deal with noisy neighbors or loud people upstairs,” he said. “And getting back to the subject of telepathy, my life would be a lot easier if I could read their minds.”
Contact: Kathy Hanson, Director of School, Community and Media Relations
Ames Community School District
Mobile: (515) 450-9588
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