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Twin brothers headed in different directions

Wren Wertin
Kristin AndersonTwin brothers Israel and Moises Hernandez have different interests, but share a deep sense of family.
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They may be twins, but Israel and Moises Hernandez aren’t likely to be confused with each other. Though they’re close friends, the brothers plan on heading in different directions ” just not immediately. They’ll gather credits at Colorado Mountain College for two years, and then head to Denver where they’ll really delve into their chosen majors.

“I want to be a mechanical engineer,” said Israel. “I love to mess around with cars. I’ve always loved it. I like Formula One racing ” how they’re so small and how much skill it takes to go so fast and get it done. They’re crazy.”

And he wants to be on the team that can build those engines, and baby them when they’re not in use. Israel can take a machine apart and put it back together.

“Usually,” he said, laughing.

Moises plans on sitting at the drafting table, or rather the drafting computer.

“I’m interested in architecture,” he said.

He didn’t know he’d be following that route. The discovery was born of a class he took.

“I took mechanical drafting in school, and I really enjoyed using a particular program,” Moises said. “Our teacher said a lot of architects use the program, which I thought was cool.”

He’s been working on creating his dream house, and is building a scale model of it. Set in the woods, he imagines a two-story affair with big balconies, a big kitchen and a big living room ” “So I can spend time with my family,” he explained.

That’s something the Hernandez brothers miss about Mexico, where they were born.

“The way of thinking in Mexico is different than here,” Israel said. “There, everything is more based on family and friends. Here, it’s not.”

They miss the food, too.

“The bambosas!” said Moises, reminiscing about the tortas covered with chile.

“I’m an enchiladas guy,” said Israel. “When we go back to visit, every morning my aunt asks me what kind of enchiladas I want for breakfast. She makes so much, and I’m a really slow eater.”

They also grew up playing soccer in the streets of Mexico City. The grass fields were always in use by other teams, so kids in the neighborhood would make goals out of rocks and stop play for the occasional car. They’ve been on the soccer team at BMHS for four years, but neither intends to pursue it in college.

“I’ve had enough soccer,” said Israel.

“And I’m not that good,” said Moises.

But they’re both excellent at reading each other. And they often think along the same lines.

“We say things at the same time, and freak our parents out,” said Moises happily.

But they’re certainly not interchangeable.

“Israel is a funny guy,” Moises said. “He likes to entertain people and tell jokes.”

“Moises is a more serious version of me,” agreed Israel. “He thinks more seriously ” he thinks of the consequences, which I never do. He’s a more mature part of me.”

No matter who’s more mature, they’re both grown up enough to pinpoint their goals and begin working toward them. And for that, they’ve got the support of each other and rest of their family.


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