Connor, Eric, Justin and Katie Pruitt. Provided by Sycamore Community Schools
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -
By: Katharine Wiley
Not one, not two, not even
three, but four siblings – quadruplets – received their high school diplomas
from Sycamore High School on Tuesday.
Katie, Connor, Eric, and Justin
Pruitt are moving on from Sycamore Community Schools where they have attended school all their
"I have to say it was very
interesting from the beginning," said mother Lisa Pruitt. "We tried
different situations with regards to classrooms and our kids from being all
together in the same classroom to all being separated into different
classrooms to a split of two in each classroom.
"Finally, we decided it was
best to keep them all together…when they were all separated into different
classrooms, I couldn't remember what paper went with which student, so I would
copy them and send them in to all teachers."
The Pruitts are in agreement
that their experience at Sycamore has been an amazing journey.
"Sycamore has really helped me grow
and learn so much about who I am as an individual and I want others to see
that," Katie said.
According to Eric, someone was
always around to help the quadruplets with homework. Lisa agrees.
"It was a huge positive impact
that they could do homework together. Four minds can be better than one," she
Now that the Pruitts have
graduated and left Sycamore behind, they plan to attend Florida College in the Tampa, Fla. area
together. While Justin and Eric will room together, Connor will live separately
and Katie will reside in a girls' dorm. As a college with a mere 600 students,
the four will certainly see each other but will still have opportunities to
The four have mixed feelings
about moving forward with their lives. While Connor said he is sad to leave but
excited for his future, Eric said he will miss his parents. Justin and Katie
are ready to leave behind Ohio winters.
Whatever the next phase of life
brings, they will always have something in common with the rest of their families
– they are the third generation of their family to attend Sycamore.
brother, Kyle, has one daughter attending Blue Ash Elementary and his two
youngest will attend soon after. Kyle graduated in 2004.
"Soon, we'll be four generations of family to
attend Sycamore," Lisa said. "While the kids are moving on, Sycamore will forever be in all
of our lives."