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 lives.
"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 said.
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 grow individually.
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.
Their older 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."