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For Stauffer Sisters, CHS Truly Is Family Affair

September 18, 2011 by Greg Lederer

Cheshire twin sisters Taylor and Erica Stauffer have enjoyed special moments together, even winning three Cheshire Youth Softball Championships.
“We didn't feel like twins on the team,” recalled Taylor. “We were more like teammates because we both contributed in different ways. It was good to see her (Erica) do well.”
They have also remarkably never shared a class together academically up through Dodd Middle School.
“We were separated in Kindergarten,” said Erica. “It let us be independent and learn apart.”
Yet, starting Aug. 30, the sisters are now members of Cheshire High School, and joined another member of the family, their older sister Nicole Stauffer, who is entering her junior year. Erica and Taylor are both freshmen.
“It's going to be weird because we haven't been in the same school in four years,” said Nicole. “It's really great to have them here. I wish them the best of luck in sports and school.”
Stauffer sisters.JPGNicole immediately began helping her sisters acclimate to their new surroundings, showing them where their classes would be. The twins also learned more during freshman orientation.
“We got another tour and met upperclassmen,” said Taylor.
“It is a lot bigger than Dodd,” stated Erica. “It helps that we already know Nicole and her friends.”
Erica is excited to work with her Advisory Counselor, Robert Gates.
“He knows how to have fun and be serious,” explained Erica.
But, the twins will miss the faculty from Dodd, with whom each developed a special bond.
“You could rely on them. I became so close to the teachers,” said Taylor. “There is more responsibility for you to carry in the high school.”
Getting involved in activities is often suggested for students transitioning to a new school. The twins are no exception.
Taylor has joined Nicole on the CHS girls' soccer team led by first-year head coach Andrew Ashworth.
“I feel like I can go to Nicole for tips about things like dribbling,” said Taylor. “I trust her on and off the field.”
All three sisters played seven years for their father (Bob) in the Cheshire Soccer Club.
“We started soccer at U-8 and have now switched to AFC (Academica Futebol Club) in Cheshire,” added Nicole.
However, Erica is taking a different road by playing field hockey. She plans to play basketball with Nicole in the winter and then play softball (CYS) into next summer.
“I wasn't really interested in soccer anymore and like trying new sports,” Erica explained.
Wendy Stauffer, the sisters’ mother and a teacher in the Cheshire system, played field hockey and basketball in school. She is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Windsor Locks High School and the University of Hartford.
“She got me interested in camps,” Erica reflected.
“I'm excited for her to play field hockey,” said Nicole. “Head Coach Eileen Dunham is really nice. She (also) coached me in freshman lacrosse.”
Before playing lacrosse with Nicole, Taylor will represent her high school in Jacksonville, Fla. She made the cheerleading's competitive team that is attending the 2012 Gator Bowl, a college football tradition to be played on Jan. 2, 2012.
The Lady Rams will compete against other high schools on Dec. 30, along with performing a routine during halftime of the game walking in the Gator Bowl Parade. Cheshire qualified earlier this year.
“I'm so excited because it is a once-in-a-life time opportunity. Obviously, I'm nervous, too,” said Taylor.
Through different activities and classes, they take pride in one another's successes.
“I'm excited to watch them grow,” Nicole added.

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