Ashtyn, Kristyn, and Dalton Nichols of Vandalia are 2014 graduates of Vandalia High School. Their father, Roy, is the owner of the Old Capitol Monument Company, and their mother, LaVonda, works as an administrative assistant in the Kaskaskia Special Education district.
After graduating from high school, the triplets made the easy decision to attend Kaskaskia College, taking most of their classes at the Vandalia campus or the Greenville Education Center. Their elder brother, Blake, attended KC before becoming a flight attendant with Jet Blue, so enrolling at KC seemed like a natural path for the siblings.
While the triplets share a birthday and features like dark hair, their differences show in their educational and career paths. Dalton graduated from Kaskaskia College and is now attending Eastern Illinois University where he is studying Organizational Professional Development.
Kristyn graduated from KC in December of 2015 and is planning to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to pursue her degree in Social Work. In the meantime, she works part-time at the KC Vandalia campus.
Ashtyn, who will graduate this spring, plans to pursue a career as an Occupational Therapist. She has not yet decided which program to apply for.
All of the siblings agree that attending Kaskaskia College was a good first step. They are grateful for the help and guidance they received from Mary Schulze, Director of the Vandalia campus, and from Wendy Blythe, KC’s Career Services Specialist, who also works from Vandalia. Dalton especially found the help of family friend Kevin Tenpenny, a professor in the KC Massage Therapy program useful in choosing his classes.