Unbreakable Bond: Twin Cousins Graduate


POCA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you look at pictures of Cameron Cottrill and Natalie Parkins, you'd likely think they're brother and sister.

The inseparable pair might as well be since they have been together since birth.

"We were born in the same room, on the same day, by sisters," said Cameron Cottrill.

These cousins ages are actually mere minutes apart.

"They've got the nickname of twin cousins," said Natalie's mother Sarah.

Fast forward 18 years and the similarities are still everywhere.

Saturday, Cottrill and Parkins both graduated from Poca High School, both gave speeches, and both were best of class.

"It's exhilarating to know that you've accomplished so much to get here," said Natalie Parkins.

In addition, their mother's both teach at the school.

"I was with them through preschool and middle school and landed in high school, so the kids keep asking if I'm moving on with them," said Cameron's mother Susan, "but no, I'm not."

Unfortunately, neither kid will have someone to move on with.

"Now things get difficult because I'm going to Marshall and she's going to {West Virginia} Wesleyan," said Cameron Cottrill.

For the first time, the two won't be side by side.

"It's gonna be different," said Natalie Parkins. "A lot different."

However, they know a bond this tight won't be pulled apart by miles. In fact, with their will, it'll only make them closer.


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