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Triplets to head three different ways

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Kate, Samantha and Grace Fisher often get asked the same question.


“A lot of people ask if we’re psychic, like if we have a link to each other,” said Samantha.  


Grace agreed. “I literally had someone ask me once, ‘Are you guys the same person’ and I’m like, ‘No, we’re all different people,’ ” she laughed.


The triplets, seniors at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, certainly look like siblings. And once as children, Grace and Samantha swapped places to play an April Fool’s joke on a violin teacher. Now older, each has her own distinct features. And their interests vary as well.


Kate, “the oldest by a minute,” has been horseback riding and competing for years, since she first began “pony camps” around age 6. According to her sisters, she has a bedroom wall covered with ribbons. She owns her own horse, Leo, who boards in Maryland, where Kate can ride him from the barn to her grandma’s house nearby.


Samantha, the middle sister in the trio, is an active member of the theater community at Ireton, involved both onstage and backstage, and was the president of the school’s Shakespeare club the past two years.


Grace, the youngest, is a dancer.


Both Grace and Samantha are National Merit finalists. All three play piano.


They have always spent schooldays together, from home-schooling grade school to switching to private school in the ninth grade.


“I was pretty nervous about (high school) cause none of us really knew what to expect,” said Grace. “But it was really easy to make friends. It was a lot smoother than I expected.”


“I think home-schooling made us more independent, so I felt pretty ready,” said Samantha.


That independence helped four years later, when Ireton, along with the rest of the country, switched to distance learning to slow the spread of COVID-19.


“It’s been a lot easier for the last few months for online schooling because we were already used to that,” said Grace.


Now, their paths will diverge as they hope  to head to three different states for college this fall, depending on the pandemic.


Come September, Grace will study dance at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Samantha was accepted to Yale University in New Haven, Conn., where she plans to study history. Kate is looking ahead to the honors college at George Mason University in Fairfax, where she’ll study Russian. All three are planning to double major.


But not until they close out senior year at Ireton starting with a virtual celebration that includes awards, speeches and a livestreamed Mass.


“I think we’ll wear our (caps and gowns),” Samantha laughed, saying the school sent them in the mail.


But perhaps the biggest transition for the sisters — who’ve navigated home schooling, high school and distance learning together — won’t be graduating high school, but parting ways at the end of the summer.


When asked what they’ll miss most about high school, Kate spoke first. “I think I’ll miss being in classes with my sisters,” she said.


Bartlett can be reached at Meghan.bartlett@catholicherald.com. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020