Thursday 26 April 2018

US school boasts 24 sets of twins

Twenty-four sets of twins at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette, Illinois, are hoping to set a new record (AP)
Twenty-four sets of twins at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette, Illinois, are hoping to set a new record (AP)

A Chicago-area middle school is hoping to claim the world record for the most sets of twins in one year.

Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette has 24 sets of twins in fifth grade.

That represents about 10% of the class, which has about 475 students. One set of twins is leading the effort to receive Guinness World Records recognition. School officials say Guinness required documentation and birth certificates. The students are awaiting confirmation, which could take several weeks.

Three schools currently share the record with 16 pairs of twins in one grade. They are Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa; Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut.; and Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Federal statistics show about 33 twins per 1,000 births in 2010.

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