Once again, the Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School prom was a family affair.
For the second straight year, 10 sets of multiples are part of the graduating class. The Class of 2015 has nine sets of twins and one set of triplets. At Floral Park Terrace on Thursday night, the prom was one of the last school events many of the siblings will experience together.
The next school year will bring big changes for several of the graduating multiples, who will be separating from their siblings for the first time as they go off to different colleges.
Seventeen-year-old twins Jordann and Cassidy Lewis will put nearly 1,300 miles between them as they venture to Tulane University in New Orleans and Cornell University in Ithaca, respectively.
"We've never been apart for a long period of time, so I'm definitely going to miss her," Jordann said. "I think it is going to be a lot of fun to visit though."
Brother and sister Matthew and Madalyn Fernbach, 18, also decided to attend different colleges, but their plans involve staying in the same area. The twins will be studying near Boston, attending Boston College and Stonehill College, respectively.
"We were looking for schools that aren't too far from each other because we're very close," Madalyn said. "We're excited to be close, but not too close."
The school's lone set of triplets will be partially separating for school next year. Sydney and Matthew Kurnit will attend SUNY Oneonta, while their brother Brandon travels west to Ohio State University. Sydney is glad to have one brother nearby, but she is looking forward to the new level of independence that college will offer.
"We had initially all planned on going our separate ways, but Matt and I ended up liking the school and the campus," Sydney said. "We all sing, so we will probably be in the same a cappella group, but it's not like we will try to see each other on campus."