NAPPANEE — Looking at Ashley Stemm and Talyn Schmucker, it is impossible not to make the connection that the two are closely related.
“A lot of times I can go into the school and they know whose mom I am,” said Stemm.
Winners of this year’s Elkhart Truth Mother-Child Look Alike Contest, Stemm and Schmucker do not need to be told that they share physical similarities.
“Usually if we go to the store people say, ‘You look so much alike,’” Stemm said. “We can’t go out without someone commenting on us.”
Celebrating her birthday Saturday, May 11, and Mother’s Day May 12, it is safe to say that Stemm is the focus of attention at the moment.
With her birthday coinciding with Mother’s Day next year, “It’s my birthday first, then Mother’s Day!” Stemm said.
Friends often tell Schmucker, an 11-year-old who attends Woodview Elementary, that she looks like her mom. Other than looks, the two share interests also.
“We both like to go on walks and hang out,” Schmucker said.
“We like to scrapbook together too — when we have the time,” Stemm said.
Entering the look-alike contest with encouragement from a family friend and Stemm’s mother-in-law, the two had voters in their corner.
“My teacher and music teacher said they were voting for me,” said Schmucker.
Mother’s Day will be one of relaxation for Stemm, with the family doing extra work around the house and assisting in ways they may not usually.
“I will hang out with the family, see my mom and my husband’s mom,” Stemm said. “It will be a celebration.”
Stemm’s look-alike plans on being a part of that celebration and appreciating all that her mom does for her.
“She just helps me out a lot,” Schmucker said.
Truth Mother’s Day Essay Contest winner Natalie Phillips also knows the importance of celebrating her mom, Valerie Yoder. Phillips’ submission won a “Pamper Package” for Yoder.
The winners of both contests were chosen by readers who voted on ElkhartTruth.com.