LIMA — Michael, Daniel, Joseph and Joshua have been affectionately known as “the quads” since birth. The quadruplet brothers will soon be staking out their own identities as they part ways for college and trade school in two cities.
But the Engle brothers won’t be too far from one another: Daniel and Joseph, the youngest, are headed to Winona Lake, Ind., where they will study elementary education and business administration at Grace College.
Michael and Joshua, meanwhile, plan to stay in Lima for the immediate future, with Joshua, the youngest, attending Apollo Career Center for heating, ventilation and air conditioning training and Michael, the oldest, studying information technology at The Ohio State University-Lima.
The brothers graduated from Temple Christian High School on Friday evening, a bittersweet day for the Engle family.
Paul and Mary Engle welcomed the four boys on Feb. 8, 2003.
The couple was initially advised to abort two of the boys, Paul Engle said, because of the risks associated with complicated pregnancies like Mary’s. The Engles carried the pregnancy to term anyway, risking the odds that turned in their favor.
“They seem to persevere no matter what,” Paul Engle said Thursday. “Even from birth, from being infants when doctors were (saying) the survivability rate was low and things were looking scary, they always seem to push through.”
The brothers were often inseparable from that day, becoming “the quads.” They celebrated the same birthday; played on the same soccer teams and attended the same schools. Their haircuts, births and milestones were chronicled by the newspaper. In many cases, they even had the same friends.
But each with their own personalities: Michael, the hard worker. Daniel, the laid-back one. Joseph, the optimist. And Joshua, the athlete.
The coming years are an opportunity for the Engle brothers to further their independence, a reality that is at once “exciting” and “scary.”
“We knew eventually we’d have to separate somewhere down the road,” Daniel said. “But it’ll be weird not having all of them together.”
The quads will hold their graduation party from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Bluelick Bible Church, 1138 W. Bluelick Road, Lima.