By Leah Sander
SILVER LAKE — Twelve-year-olds Maris, Ellis and Gage Overbey may be triplets, but they’re still individuals.
“We’re all different,” emphasized Gage. He is an athlete, enjoying soccer, basketball, baseball and football.
Maris is the social butterfly of the group. Ellis is the quiet, artistic one.
The siblings also don’t look alike.
“Our teachers think we’re cousins,” said Maris. She noted after teachers learn they’re triplets, they get the usual comments regarding that they share a birthday, etc.
Regarding the birthday sharing, Maris said that’s one thing she doesn’t like about being a triplet. The kids have separate birthday parties now that they’re older.
Another bad thing about being a triplet, according to Gage, is his siblings are “going to know about it” when he gets into trouble at their school, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School.
They are the children of James and Stephanie Overbey of Silver Lake. Stephanie Overbey called the couple’s triplets “the biggest adventure of our lives.”
She said she knows of four other sets of triplets linked to the Kosciusko County area. That includes one set at Tippecanoe Valley High School.
To parents of triplets, she offers the advice of seeking out as much help as possible when raising them. She’s grateful to all the family, friends and coaches that have helped with her kids.
For their future plans, Maris notes the kids will probably attend separate colleges because of their diverse interests.