LITTLE FALLS, N.J. — PIX11 covered their birth 17 years ago and today quintuplets Victoria, Ashley, Masha, Michael and Marcus are making headlines again.
This time, they've each been accepted to Montclair State University, all expenses paid as they get set to graduate from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls.
On July 4, 2002, the quintuplets were born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson and one of the issues soon pressing on the minds of parents Silvia and Paolo Pavolo was how to pay for all that college tuition.
"The driving and the college was the biggest issue," said Silvia.
Back then, PIX11 reporter Vanessa Tyler and photographer Dave Tews reported on how the parents were changing approximately 50 diapers a day.
Today, the quints are all grown up and each are accomplished students.
"To find out we're going for free [to college], a heavy weight has been lifted," said Masha Pavolo, 17.
The family was surprised this week when representatives from Montclair State, including the mascot, showed up with an oversized check.
"I thought we were going for a meeting to talk about financial aide," said Marcus, 17.
The university has committed to paying $65,000 per year over the next 4 years for their education - a savings of approximately $325,000 for this family.
With aspirations to become a doctor, lawyer, teacher, dietician and accountant, each of the Pavolo siblings have wildly different interests. After all the work their parents did to raise them, they’re paying it forward.
"Everything we do is to be the best we can," said Victoria, 17. "They worked hard so I think we kind of pay it back to them by doing good in school."