|National Honor Society (Vice President), 1993 - Presidential Academic Fitness Award, 1993 - Principal's Award, Graduate of Merit (3.35 GPA)|
|HS: Extra Curricular|
|Spanish Cluib, Art Club, Teen Institure, Journalism - Senior Issue Editor|
|HS: Hereby Do Will|
|I, Melanie Millirons, hereby do will my backpack to Ed, my incredible art ability to Christine, my innate creativity to any 15 students who are willing to take Spanish IV, my life savings to Johnny, my basketball shoes to Kevin and my bright, shiny personality to everyone who will miss my smile, esp. Danielle Sarver.|
|HS: I Will Always Remember|
|I will always remember my 7 "amigos" in Spanish IV and our "wet fros" and "pecho concerts," Doreen's and my "Looks like it" theorem, physics experiments, 4th period lunch with Christine, Rose, Frank, and Amy, and our lunchtime "chats."|
|HS: Senior Superlatives|
|Nominated for Most Likely to Succeed (Winner) and First to Make a Million (Winner)|
|NL Jun 9 1993 - "Salute the graduates" Danielle Sarver, left, and Melanie Millirons offer "Best of Ever - '93 Forever" during the June 3 commencement ceremonies for Nordonia Hills High School at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron. The two are among the 29 graduates of merit for 1993. [Photo accompanying article]|
NL May 3 1995 - "Twin sisters celebrate life as Star Walkers" To see the Millirons sisters today, you would never suspect that they had less than a 50-percent chance at birth to live.
Erica and Melanie, 20-year-old identical twins, are neonatal suvivors and will celebrate life this Sunday by walking in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica.
The Macedonia sisters are members of the Star Walkers team, which is made up of about 25 neonatal survivors. The walk begins at 9am at the Justice Center in Cleveland and winds 7-1/2 [miles] through the city.
This is the first year Millirons have participated in the walk.
Patricia Millirons found out she was having twins 48 hours before they were born.
"My husband, Roger, and I had been married eight years before we had children," she says. "We were afraid we couldn't have children."
While Patricia thought she was having twins, her doctors told her there was just one babu. "When I was five months pregnant, I decided to listen to the doctors and accept that I was only having one baby," she says.
Erica and Melanie were born six to eight weeks premature.
"I was a pleasant surprise when they were born," Patricia says. "It was a little shock, but not quite."
At birth, Erica weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces, while Melanie weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces. Erica was not expected to live and Melanie was given a 50-percent change of surviving.
"It's incredible how much technology has changed in 20 years," says Melanie. "Now, babies with low birth weights have a better chance at survival."
Melanie spent four weeks in the hospital, but Erica had to stay for about five weeks.
"I came home after three days," Patricia says. "It was unusual walking around the house realizing I had two babies who were in the hospital. I visited them every day."
Both Erica and Melanie think being neonatal survivors affects the decisions they make today. "It really makes you realize how precious life is," Erica says.
"My mom calls us her miracle babies," Melanie adds. "Our parents have raised us to accept everyone and differences. They've given us a very rich background."
Since they have become involved with the March of Dimes, the Millirons have researched their medical history. "It's really interesting to see the medical records and what medications we had to take," Erica says.
While they are almost 100% identical, Erica's and Melanie's interests are completely opposite. Erica is majoring in education, while Melanie plans to be an accountant.
"She's very businesslike, while I'm more of a free spirit," Erica says.
"Erica's more creative," Melanie adds. "I see things in an analytical way, while she can reason things better. I think we balane each other out."
With the support of their family, including brother Jared, Melanie and Erica are ready for whatever the future brings. "She's my best friend," Melanie adds.
[Photo accompanies article]