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Castle Heights to take national stage

Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Castle Heights Elementary School will take the national stage in an upcoming segment on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

The segment will feature the Lebanon school's extraordinary number of twins – 15 sets in a school of 600 students.

“It’s kind of funny how this has developed,” said principal Terry Trice. “The Democrat was the first to run the story on this – the uniqueness of the number of sets [of twins] – and from that story, one of the employees at News Channel 2 [in Nashville] lived in Wilson County and had a copy of The Democrat and contacted me before Christmas about doing the story.”

After News Channel 2 picked up the story, London’s Daily Mail in the United Kingdom picked up the story.

“That’s actually where Brian Williams for NBC caught it,” said Trice. “Brian is the one who saw the story on The Daily Mail, and he called his producer and said, ‘Contact this school and see if we can do this story.’”

The show’s producer, Mary Murphy, and a film crew interviewed the twins at the school Tuesday.

“We let them know on the front end that we had a very busy week planned, and we wanted the interruption of learning kept to a minimum,” said Trice. “They’ve pretty much let us make the schedule of when they could have access to students and teachers.”

Parents were notified ahead of time so they could choose whether their children were filmed.

Trice said all the school’s students have been remarkably well behaved during the process.

“We kind of prepped our other students as to what’s going on, and they’ve been very cooperative and well behaved,” said Trice. “Even when the camera crews came out into the cafeteria, they didn’t jump up and try to draw attention to themselves – they’ve handled themselves very maturely.”

Trice said the actual filming caused very little interruption.

“They conducted some interviews with each set of twins [Tuesday] morning that lasted about two minutes, so the kids were out of the classroom no more than 15 minutes total.”

Film crews also planned to film portions at some of the children’s homes.

“They’re doing a pretty extensive little story,” said Trice.

He also said the story is a bigger deal than he realized.

“I believe that the Guinness Book of World Records for an elementary school is 16 sets, so we’re just one set away from a Guinness World Record,” said Trice.

The segment will air sometime in late March or early April, but the specific date is not yet available.

“We’ll try to get the word out so people in Lebanon can see Castle Heights School and be proud of what’s going on in their community,” said Trice.

To see The Democrat’s original story, visit lebanondemocrat.com/story/twins. Check out photos from the video shoot at spotted.lebanondemocrat.com.

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