Twin sisters plus 5 participate in Shenendehowa college signing ceremony

Shenendehowa athletes are shown with supporters May 27 at Shenendehowa for a signing ceremony. Sitting, from left, are Robert Bailey, John (Chandler) Moore, Adel Cekic, Kyle Clemens, Janelle Robinson, Megan Robinson, and Eric Burdge. Standing, from left, are Sean O'Brien, Jonathan Bain, Chris Culnan, Jeanne Frevola, Holli Nirsberger, and Chuck Dunham.  (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Shenendehowa athletes are shown with supporters May 27 at Shenendehowa for a signing ceremony. Sitting, from left, are Robert Bailey, John (Chandler) Moore, Adel Cekic, Kyle Clemens, Janelle Robinson, Megan Robinson, and Eric Burdge. Standing, from left, are Sean O'Brien, Jonathan Bain, Chris Culnan, Jeanne Frevola, Holli Nirsberger, and Chuck Dunham. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK — When the college search began last year for twin sisters Janelle Robinson and Megan Robinson, the Shenendehowa seniors knew one thing.

“I said to her, ‘Megan, we are not going to school together,’” Janelle Robinson said.

“It wasn’t even on the radar,” Megan Robinson agreed.

Yet when the duo participated Wednesday in the school’s final college signing ceremony of the 2014-15 scholastic year, both Robinsons were celebrating the same thing: heading to Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.

That’s just the way it worked out for the pair, with Janelle Robinson heading to Saint Michael’s to play field hockey and Megan Robinson to continue her soccer career. Megan Robinson — the older of the twins by two minutes — had picked Saint Michael’s first, but it did not take Janelle Robinson too long to make a matching decision to her sister.

“It all happened,” said Megan Robinson, laughing. “Here we are.”

Wednesday’s ceremony saw five other distinguished Shenendehowa athletes join the Robinsons. Swimmer Eric Burdge celebrated his decision to compete for Le Moyne College; Kyle Clemens is headed to Sacred Heart University for soccer, while Adel Cekic will play the sport at Siena College; and, rowers Robert Bailey and Chandler Moore are set to compete at Marist College.

Twin sisters Megan Robinson, left, and Janelle Robinson are shown May 27 at Shenendehowa. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Twin sisters Megan Robinson, left, and Janelle Robinson are shown May 27 at Shenendehowa. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

At Saint Michael’s, both Robinsons will continue their athletic careers in close proximity to one another. Janelle Robinson was a two-year varsity athlete for the Plainsmen field hockey squad and was a member of the school’s 2013 team that won a state championship, while Megan Robinson played three varsity soccer seasons for Shenendehowa.

The sisters had grown up playing sports together such as basketball and softball, but had mostly gone their separate ways athletically in their teen years. While twins, the two are not copies of one another.

“Megan is blonde, I’m [brunette],” said Janelle Robinson. “We play different sports and like different everything.”

The pair, though, does have that twin bond. While the girls had originally wanted to head off to separate colleges, they each said they were glad things worked out the way they did for them.

Where the girls have stuck to their guns, though, is in choosing not to room with one another at Saint Michael’s.

“Everyone asks us about that, and, no,” said Janelle Robinson, smiling. “That’s too much of a good thing.”

“We’re excited to go to school together, but we also want to be independent,” said Megan Robinson. “We want to enjoy things together, but also meet new people and create our own experiences.”


Seven athletes participated in Wednesday’s college signing ceremony at Shenendehowa:

  • Eric Burdge – Swimming – LeMoyne
  • Kyle Clemens – Soccer – Sacred Heart
  • Janelle Robinson – Field Hockey – Saint Michaels
  • Megan Robinson – Soccer – Saint Michaels
  • Adel Cekic – Soccer – Siena
  • Robert Bailey – Crew – Marist
  • John (Chandler) Moore – Crew – Marist

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.