Twin sisters Crystel and Crystal Thomas, who are living with a foster family, have not allowed their past to define them.
They have been personifying pride and joy in the eyes of a foster family and the rural community of Harkers Hall, St. Catherine.
The two, who attend Sargeantville Primary School in Harkers Hall, have excelled in netball, track and field, and academics.
They recently performed impressively in the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), thereby earning placements at their first choice – the prestigious St. Jago High School in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.
PEP placements this year were based on a revised grading system, caused by the sudden closure of schools since March 13 to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Crystel, who is an aspiring nurse, told The Beacon that she is ‘happy’ about her placement and PEP performance – a feat she attributed to hard work.
Both siblings posited that St. Jago High is the best choice, partly because they want to join that institution’s highly competitive athletics team.
“I feel fine going to St. Jago because I am interested in track and field, and I would also like to be a top achiever,” said Crystal, who is working towards becoming a teacher or an accountant.
The sisters, who readily admitted that people often struggle to differentiate between them, usually work to strengthen each other, although a bit of competition seeps in at times.
“I am good at Maths and Crystel is good at Language Arts, so we help each other out,” Cryatal explained.
The two, in the meantime, expressed gratitude to their friends, teachers, and foster family that have helped them to attain success.
Their mother, who got pregnant with them when she was 12 years old, left them at a school in Harkers Hall when they were three years old and never returned to pick them up. They also have never met or heard from their father.
Crystel and Crystal, who wear their mother’s surname, speak highly of their foster family.
“I feel great because they take good care of me and ensure that I eat every day,” Crystel said. Her sister agreed.
The members of the foster family that rescued the pair of twins include the matriarch Leonie Dozovado, and her daughter Claudia Dozovado who is the twin sisters’ foster mother and main breadwinner.
Claudia told The Beacon: “I am very proud of Crystel and Crystal. Since they were at basic school, they always came first or second – straight to Grades Five and Six.”
Claudia emphasized that she wants the very best – not only for her three biological children, but also for the young and ambitious sisters she rescued and accepted as her very own.
By Horace Mills, Journalist
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