PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University gained two new Gorillas who are much alike — both like to do gymnastics, to swim and study biology.
Identical twins, Abagayle and Annabella Moody graduated from Frontenac High School in the spring, each with 24 credit hours of college credit. They kept themselves busy with not only academics, but also working in the Cheer Pitt at the YMCA and lifeguarding.
Their dedication to schoolwork brought them several scholarships for college — including the American Family Insurance Foundation Dream Scholarship. They received $10,000 each.
“As a family we are most grateful for them to have received all of these scholarships, and we know that they have worked hard for all of them” their mother Heidi Moody said.
Annie and Abbie decided to go to PSU and major in biology for pre med.
All of their classes are during at same time — it has benefits for studying, they said.
“It really helps us with homework,” Annie said. “It definitely makes studying convenient.”
They twins said they sort of always had an interest in the medical field, but a class in high school piqued their interest even more.
“We took a class in high school called science investigations and we had to have the AP (anatomy and physiology class) first and they let you job shadow people,” Abbie said.
“I always liked the medical field,” she said. “There are a lot of job opportunities.”
Heidi Moody said, although they share similarities in some of their interests, they are very different.
“Annie and Abbie both chose similar paths but are very different in their personalities and ways of reaching their goals,” she said. “They, of course, seem to have some of the same schedules as their interests are in some ways very alike — if you know them personally you would agree they are very different.”
Although both are interested in the same degree, they plan on going in different directions in the medical field — Abbie in pediatric oncology and Annie in pediatrics.
“Abbie has thought about pediatric oncology, but I think a pediatrician would be good because the hours are better than pediatric oncologist,” Annie said.
Annie and Abbie both said the first day of class was fun, and were surprised at the sheer size of the class.
“It was such a big class,” Abbie said. “It was like all the kids in my grade (from high school) in one class.”
“It was like our graduating class size,” she said.
Now that they are in college, the twins said they will be focused primarily on academics.
“We will still work a couple hours but studying will be our main focus,” Annie said.
“We will be working at the Cheer Pitt and lifeguarding at the pool while striving for good grades.”
“Yeah, studying will be our main focus.”
Their parents said they take pride in their children’s accomplishments and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.
“As parents we couldn’t be more proud of all of our girls,” Heidi Moody said. “All three (of our children) are in college and we can’t wait to see them fulfill their goals.
“Annie and Abbie will no doubt be successful in college because they are both so focused on their future.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.