I think it's one of those things where you appear taller if you are closer to the camera. I have seen a photo of Patterson and Vaughn (the two freshmen) standing side by side, and Vaughn is at least one inch taller than Patterson (I would guess 1 1/2 inches taller). In fact, her shoulders are at least one inch higher in that photo. They were the same distance from the camera, so camera angle was not an issue. I was very happy to see that height in Vaughn. I was also surprised to see that she is not as skinny as I had imagined. I doubt that she is really as tall as Shepard, but she looked like she could definitely help in the post (based on appearance, at least).