Florida’s First Quintuplets Graduate From Tate High School
June 6, 2013
Florida’s first surviving quintuplets are now high school graduates — all five receiving their diplomas from Tate High School.
Ian Kirk, Marcus Wade, Elizabeth Jane, Tristan Miller and Evan Whitson Baker were born January 30, 1995, about 10 weeks premature, at Sacred Heart Hospital. And now the 18-year olds look toward plans for their futures.
“No one is going away until at least next year so my nest will still be full,” mom Mona Baker said. “They are good young adults with good heads on most of their shoulders. This is an excellent time to practice good decision making skills for the future while they still have a cushion; I enjoy their company and look forward to the next stage with excitement.”
Ian is looking toward a career in law enforcement or corrections, while Marcus plans to to attend Pensacola State or the University of West Florida before transferring to Florida State University as a music education major.
Tristan plans to attend PSC or UWF and then attend seminary to answer his calling as a pastor. Evan, already an artist working with metal, is looking toward a trade school for welding.
And the one girl in group, Elizabeth, is enrolled in a project search at UWF.
As the graduating quints look toward their futures, mom Mona is just adding to the memories and enjoying her unique family.
“I feel like I remember every day, and then it also goes fast,” she said. “For me days are long, but the years are short.”
Pictured top: The Baker quintuplets — (L-R) Ian Kirk, Marcus Wade, Elizabeth Jane, Tristan Miller and Evan Whitson — with mom Mona Baker at Tate High School’s graduation. Pictured below: The five siblings pose at the Pensacola Bay Center with the five members of the Escambia County School Board and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. Pictured inset: The quintuplets at a Baccalaureate service at Olive Baptist Church. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.