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February 14, 2014

By Jewell Cardwell, The Akron Beacon Journal

Feb. 14--Father and daughter Mark and Alison Pantea put an entirely different spin Thursday morning on Akron's Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts' "Twins Day" celebration, held at the end of the school's annual Spirit Week.

Mark Pantea is in his 15th year teaching seventh- and eighth-grade health and physical education there. He said his wife, Michele, nudged him into doing the "twin thing" with their 9-year-old daughter, who is in fourth grade and a dance major there.

Mom also picked out the coordinating outfits, which included black above-the-knee skirts, sequined shells in hot pink (not Dad's best color) and patterned black-and-white bolero-style jackets.

To complete the look, Dad donned a long blond wig, compliments of the massive let's-play-dress-up collection of his daughters, Alison and first-grader Abigail.

Pantea had previously participated in Twins Day by dressing one of his health education mannequins like him.

When Alison first weighed in on the dress-alike conversation, she naturally thought she would be dressing like Dad. But Mom had a different idea, to the absolute enjoyment of the staff and students.

"My daughter was grinning from ear to ear," said Pantea, who also serves as breakfast coordinator at the school, assisting the cafeteria staff. He invited his "twin" to stand by him at the table.

"I'm just glad that my daughter has the opportunity to attend a school like Miller South," he said.

Pantea teaches in the afternoon at Kenmore High School, and laughed as he talked about having to shed his morning garments and wig before changing buildings.

Former Akronite Shari Junqueira, now living in Texas, emailed the "it took guts for Mark to do this" photos to the Beacon Journal.

Call it a little cotton candy on yet another cold winter day.

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or


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