Naturally conceived triplets, Sunni, Spring and Stormi Raines, sit on the steps of their Brazil home on Tuesday. The girls' 16th birthday is today.
By EDIE CAMPE
They may look alike, but the Raines triplets are very different from one another.
Sunni Kaci, Spring Laci and Stormi Traci take pride in the fact that they are unique as a group and as individuals.
Differences vary from favorite colors to future goals, but the fraternal triplets still share the same birthday, which just happens to be today.
Back in 1990, after natural conception, Kristi and Larry Raines found out they were going to have triplets.
On Aug. 11, 1990, and 7 weeks early Sunni was born first, weighing 5 pounds. One minute later, Spring was born, weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces. Finally after another minute, Stormi was born, weighing 3 pounds, 11 ounces.
Sunni came home after five days, Spring on the sixth day, and Stormi when she was 10 days old just weighing 3 pounds 12 ounces.
The girls were delivered by Dr. Terry Ho.
The girls have a sister, Summer Dawn, who is 18 months older.
Since then, the family has expanded to include a stepfather and stepmother, Brian Cundiff and Emily Raines. The girls have two grandmothers -- Ruth Haas of Brazil, and Carolyn Cundiff of Terre Haute.
"It has been a lot of fun watching them grow up and be successful in and out of school," said Kristi.
Summer will be a senior at Northview this year, while the triplets will be sophomores.
The girls turn 16 today and will be eligible to get their drivers license in a month, each having hopes of getting their own car since they pretty much have different places to go.
The triplets and Summer have many achievements under their belts and plan to accomplish many more.
Sunni would like to go to college to become a speech pathologist to evaluate and treat language delays or become a teacher. She also likes to cook and watches cooking shows regularly. The girls say she is organized, clumsy and is the social butterfly of the group.
She has a 3.5 grade point average and participates in PEERS, Student Council, and SADD. She also keeps the score book for the girls basketball team. She is working on a school project with other students to create a Memory Garden to memorialize staff and students of Northview High School who have died.
Sunni plays the flute for the Northview Marching Knights.
Spring loves to play basketball.
"She eats, sleeps, and breathes basketball," said her mother.
She was a starting point guard for the Lady Knights Varsity Basketball team in the 2005 season. She was also named to the WIC All Conference Team. She has already received letters of interest from a few colleges and wants to become an athletic trainer and ultimately wants to play professionally in the WNBA. The girls say she is shy, unorganized and loses stuff frequently.
She has a 3.5 grade point average and participates in basketball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, SADD and plays the mellophone for the Marching Knights.
Stormi likes to play basketball also, but praises her sister Spring for her natural talent. She played on Junior Varsity girls basketball squad in the 2005 season. She wants to go to college to become a doctor, but she is still undecided about what field to enter. The girls say she has the most attitude, demands perfection, has the book smarts but is the goofiest of the three.
She has a 3.9 grade point average and participates in basketball, SADD, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and plays the mellophone for the Marching Knights.
In the off-season of high school basketball, Spring and Stormi play AAU basketball for the Southwest Indy Storm based out of Mooresville.
Summer has received a full scholarship to attend Indiana State University and plans to study early childhood education. She plays the clarinet for the Marching Knights and works at Eddie's Sandwich Shop in Brazil.
Summer and Sunni work at Ritter's Frozen Custard as do Spring and Stormi when their basketball schedules allow.
The girls have busy lives and yet still find the time to be kids. They spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and family canoeing and fishing trips. They also enjoy their annual family trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The girls are planning a birthday party at their home on Saturday from 8 - 11:30 p.m.
Friends and family are invited to attend.