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2008.08.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Hastings, Neb., Triplets Become UNO Mavericks This Fall

Omaha - A set of triplet sisters – two identical and one fraternal – from Hastings, Neb., will join the student body at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) this fall.

Jade, Jaimie and Jenni Horton, all 18, will live on campus in Scott Village on UNO’s Pacific Street campus. Jade and Jaimie plan to study education, while Jenni’s major is undeclared.

The young women, who were born less than a minute apart, were active as Hastings High School students. Jade was involved in softball, basketball and soccer; Jaimie, volleyball and basketball; and Jenni, volleyball, basketball and student council.

They are the daughters of Lori Horton and Creighton Horton, both of Hastings. Lori credits fertility drugs to the arrival of her triplet daughters on Dec. 12, 1989, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha.

She learned during her 20th week of pregnancy that she was carrying triplet girls.

“It was a complete surprise,” Lori said of the news, who today describes her three daughters as “very different individuals with very different personalities.”

Jade and Jaimie are identical sisters, while Jenni is fraternal.

Dr. Carl Smith, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said the occurrence of such a combination of triplets is about one in 10,000 pregnancies when fertility drugs are not used. That statistic increases when such methods are used.

The set of triplets is a rarity at UNO, said David Cicotello, director of New Student Enrollment.

Lori encouraged her daughters to attend the same college, at least during their freshman year, as a way to better acclimate to life away from home.

During a recent visit to the UNO campus for orientation and advising, Lori carried with her three folders containing information on each daughter. It’s a habit Lori carried over from when the teens were in elementary school.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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