Senior profile: The Maggies

Known as “The Maggies” within KHS, Maggie Cox and Maggie Dickherber met at age 6 and have been inseparable ever since.

“We were at [our neighborhood pool] before the first practice of the year and I heard [Dickherber] say her name,” Cox said. “I thought, ‘I can’t be Maggie too.’ I contemplated saying my name was Margaret, but decided to say my name was Maggie. We struck up a conversation and have been friends ever since.”

The two have been by each other’s sides since freshman year. They are both on swim team, participate in orchestra and have the same group of friends.

“Everyone lumps us together because we both have brown curly hair and are always together,” Dickherber said. “But we have differences within our similarities. In orchestra, I play a different instrument than [Cox].”

Katherine Bartels, senior, met Cox and Dickherber in orchestra. She said the two work well as friends because they have similar personalities.

“It’s easy to think of them as one,” Bartels said. “They are both the kind of people that can just hang out together and still have fun.”

Next year Dickherber will attend the University of Kansas while Cox will attend Washington University in St. Louis. They may be 284 miles apart, but plan to stay in touch.

“Because [Cox] will go to school in St. Louis, it’s a central location to see each other while visiting home,” Dickherber said. “But it’s going to be weird not being able to say, ‘Oh Maggie, what do you think about this?’”

Cox agreed with Dickherber. She said she cannot imagine letting a friendship like theirs slip away.

“I feel I can say anything to [Dickherber], we know everything about each other and she won’t judge me,” Cox said. “I know we’ll stay in touch for many more years to come.”