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Skilliter twins' first words were not "mama" or "dada," but each others' names

15 minutes with Jordan and Braden Skilliter

Interview by Liz Gordon-Hancock
After interviewing Theresa and Natasha Meyer last week, I reached out to other twins who grew up in Bluffton. I caught up with Jordan and Braden Skilliter.

Jordan and Braden are fraternal twins. For the record, Jordan was born first, by 10 minutes. They are the sons of Rick and Meri Skilliter. They graduated from Bluffton in 2015.

What are you up to now?|
I am currently taking classes at the University of Toledo in the field of mechanical engineering.

15 minutes with Jessica Meyer

2005 BHS grad says that smiling breaks the ice

Interviewed by Liz Gordon-Hancock
Jessica Basinger married Ryan Meyer, from Bluffton, and they have five children: Gibson is 8 1/2 years old, Emerson 7, Adeleigh 3, Charlotte 19 months and she's seven months pregnant with a baby girl due in July.

Where did you graduate from, and when?
I am a 2005 graduate of Bluffton High School.

Did you go to college? Where and what's your degree?
I have an associate's degree in radiography from Rhodes State College

Welcome to the Icon's "twin series"

Re-introducing Natasha and Theresa Meyer

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
Bluffton has its fair share of twins. In the '90s, there were three sets of twins in Bluffton schools. One of these sets were two of my best friends, Theresa and Natasha Meyer. Starting with them, I set out to track down some Bluffton twins.

We all graduated from Bluffton HS in 2000. I managed to catch up with them recently for a quick chat.

15 with BHS 2003 grad Steve Dye

"My son and I made up a game combining Payday, Life, and Monopoly"

Interviewed by Liz Gordon-Hancock

Steve graduated from Bluffton High School in 2003. He married Elizabeth Knick (from Bath) and has a son and two daughters.

Did you go to college, and, if so, what was your degree?
I went to University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) and earned my Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing, and started my master's in 2012 for Arts and Organizational Behavior. (That's a fancy way of saying how to create corporate culture.)

15 minutes with Onalee Shepler

BHS grad, 863 series bowler, medical assistant, mother of two

Interviewed by Elizabeth Gordon- Hancock

Onalee Lehman Shepler graduated from Bluffton in 2002. She married fellow Bluffton alum Nick Shepler (who graduated in 2005). They have 2 children, Levi age 7 and Ivy 4. She received her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University in 2004.

15 with 2005 BHS grad Autumn Steiner

She's development manager for Humane Society of Sarasota County, Florida

15 minutes with Autumn Steiner
Year you graduated from Bluffton HS: 2005

What is your current job and how did you obtain it?
Development Manager for the Humane Society of Sarasota County in Sarasota, Florida.

After graduating from Ohio Northern in 2009 and relocating to Florida in 2011, I worked in the for-profit sector, most recently for the American subsidiary of a French ventilation manufacturer.