Twin Success In Sports, Music, Education – And Parental ControlJan 05, 2015Posted by james
Karen and Ellie Seid always are busy. The twin sisters are high school A-students already set to attend Ivy League schools. They also are high-level musicians. Ellie is a violinist and Karen plays the flute.
They also happen to be two of the best field hockey players in New York. They help each other all the time on the field and support each other with such off-the-field matters as homework, music, boys and every day teenage life.
Ellie had 34 goals and 31 assist as a center-forward this season. Karen scored 29 goals and had 20 assists playing left-forward and center midfield. They ended their high school sports careers first and second, respectively, in total points for the program. Ellie had 141 and Karen totaled 109.
This past season, the twins had a number of highlight games. Possibly the most memorable, aside from capturing the state title, was Karen’s six-goal game that set a team record and tied the state record. In the same game, Ellie had a goal and five assists.
Also in that game, Karen won a scholar-athlete of the week award for excellence on the field and in the classroom. Ellie had won the same award a year earlier.
Originally soccer players, the girls tried field hockey during seventh grade. They then took a risk, leaving a familiar sport for another game that required a steep learning curve. It was a decision they made together. Since then, they repeatedly have said it was the best decision.
By the end of sophomore year, the sisters started to hear from college programs. Ivy League schools (Karen committed to the University of Pennsylvania and Ellie committed to Brown University) seem to be a natural fit for both of them. Ivy League schools are the dream schools, according to the girls, who set the bar high and made sure that they achieved their scholastic and athletic goals.
As the transition began for their next chapter in life, Ellie and Karen also had to agree on another important matter—their parents’ loyalty when the girls play against each other in college later this year. Karen and Ellie revealed that mom will wear a Brown hat and a Penn sweatshirt and dad will wear a Penn hat and a Brown sweatshirt. No doubt the twins are convinced that this was the best decision.