Separated Sisters

Martinsville twins spend time apart for the first time

She has never been away from her sister.

Martinsville junior Sophia Foley unpacks her luggage on the second floor of Spruce Hall and looks over to see her twin sister, Gwendolyn Foley, gazing out the window. Sophia tries to get a better look at her sister’s face, filled with tears staring out across the quad. The sisters lock eyes and begin to bawl. Gwendolyn and Sophia Foley have never been without each other for a full day.

The twins’ lives intersect every day. Through cheer, dance and school, the two are rarely apart. Now a member of Varsity cheer, Sophia is her sister’s backspot on the cheer squad, and described her nature over Gwendolyn as protective, especially during cheer stunts where her sister is a flyer.

Sophia said, “I like being able to stunt with her because it gives me a chance to make sure she stays safe.”

Martinsville High School junior Sophia Foley enjoys herself by Franklin Hall during lunch break on July 10. Sophia said, “I’m really enjoying my time here meeting new people, but also missing my sister.” Photo by Bella Leous

The two girls are used to being involved with their family through outside activities. Sophia, her sister, mom, and dad all participated in the in the IPL Yuletide Celebration around Christmas and were in it all together for a total of eight years. Gwendolyn and Sophia have been dancing together since age three. Their mom has been their dance teacher since they started dance and was the first to join Yuletide. The twins then joined Yuletide in first grade, with their dad joining two years later, and continued dancing in Yuletide until they were freshmen in high school.

“We were together nonstop,” Sophia said. “It would’ve been so different if my family wasn’t there.”

Despite never being apart, the twins sometimes conflict each other in personality. Sophia described herself as more outgoing than her sister and said that they “balance each other out.”

Although the separation from her sister for the first time was difficult, Sophia has proved to be resilient and hardworking during their days apart at the High School Journalism Institute.

Sophia said, “It’s weird. I feel like a part of me is missing and I’m not used to it.”