Top of the class -- times three Triplets: Mike, Chad and Allison Rabinovitz of Carroll County are ending their stellar high school careers today.

June 06, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

When the Rabinovitz triplets graduate from South Carroll High today, they'll be taking most of the class leadership positions with them.

Among the honors for the triplets, all 4.0 students, are senior class officers; newspaper editor; presidents of the Student Government Association, the Varsity Club and Stagelighters Drama Club; members of the National Honor Society; sports team captains and an all-county lacrosse player; school mascot; and prom queen and homecoming king.

Mike, Chad and Allison Rabinovitz credit their parents for all of it.

"Our parents gave us the basics and taught us to use our own drive," said Allison.

Their academic stature earned them a place among 10 class valedictorians. "Generally, it's a guy and a girl, but this year they made an exception for all the 4.0s," said Chad.

But the brothers and their sister won't be addressing some 300 classmates, who voted all three siblings "most likely to succeed."

"Quite frankly, we don't want to hear ourselves talk," said Mike.

As they prepared for college, they chose the toughest courses, accepted the challenges leadership entails and participated in nearly every activity the school offered them.

"There is not a B among them," said David Booz, South Carroll principal. "They are highly motivated, highly able achievers who have been really active in our school."

Much to the chagrin of his siblings, Chad joked "We could maybe change the school name to the International House of Rabinovitz."

Guidance counselor Judy Van Horn called all three exceptional students "who have excelled on their own terms. Each is different in where they have shined."

Their parents express pride in, and amazement at, their children's long list of accomplishments.

"They have balanced school and activities and become really well-rounded individuals," said Charles Rabinovitz, an elementary school teacher in Carroll County.

Susan Rabinovitz said she encouraged her children to find their individual strengths without following in each other's footsteps. When they took her advice, she found herself attending a tennis match, a concert and a lacrosse game -- sometimes on the same day.

"They are really comfortable with what they can do and can easily acknowledge what the others do," she said.

She remembered she was the only mother at Eldersburg Elementary who did not cry when the children started kindergarten.

"I thought that this is what I raised them for, to make them self-sufficient." That thought will cross her mind tonight, she said, but "there is not a doubt in my mind that I will cry at graduation."

In September, the triplets are heading to college and the first separation in their lives. Although the financial aid forms nearly inundated their parents, the process led to scholarships and loans.

Mike and Allison are going to Lehigh University in Lehigh, Pa., but will live in separate dorms. The pairing stems from Mike's interview with the Lehigh dean of admissions. He mentioned that he was a triplet.

The next day the university called the Rabinovitz home in Berrett and invited Allison and Chad to consider Lehigh. Allison soon "decided to go to college with a friend," her brother Mike. But Chad had already made a commitment to the University of Pittsburgh.

"I really wanted a school in a city, a change-of-life kind of deal," said Chad, eager to trade his rural lifestyle for a more urban one but wistful about having his brother and sister a six-hour drive away. "I guess I will see if I can make it without the triplet connection."

That connection has "gotten me places that I would not have gotten if I was just me," Chad said.

And, it "helped us both meet a lot more girls," said his brother.

The siblings "get along great and hang out together," said Mike. Their parents have welcomed their friends -- 150 to a graduation party; more than 40 to an after-prom party last weekend.

"This has always been the house with the parties," said Mike. "We have the house with the most things to do."

That is by design, said their mother, a teacher until the children were born.

"My house is designed around children," she said. "It is not spotless; it has always been a place for them. Their friends have just naturally congregated here from the time I was the Kool-Aid mom and we had three sandboxes."

All three children have tentatively chosen a college major, maybe because "our parents are only allowing us four years to finish," said Mike.

Allison will study journalism; Mike may go into business; and Chad, already an entrepreneur with his own magic company, is considering a dual major: business and theater.

"They will both probably be working for me one day," said Chad of his siblings. "They will be coming to the premier of my first movie."

Pub Date: 6/06/98

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