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Carlynton seniors say goodbye to 'family'

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

They won't be class reunions – they'll be family reunions.

“We have a really little (senior) class, and because we're little, we're all really close,” said Carlynton senior class president Jacqueline Roussos.

The Carlynton class of 2014 received diplomas Friday, but Roussos knows that it wasn't the end.

“I know we'll all keep in touch,” she said. “We'll all try to see each other.”

For senior Madigan Greiner, the small size provided a feeling of closeness.

“There's just an amazing sense of community,” she said. “Everyone has your back. There's such a support system. I'll miss that.”

Greiner will head to the University of South Carolina at Columbia in the fall, where she plans to study music as a trumpet major.

She said she wanted to get away from Pennsylvania and explore, but she will miss parts of high school life.

“Probably friends and the small class size is what I'll miss most,” she said. “Leaving is intimidating.” Roussos said going to Ohio State will be a change.

“In my grade this year, there are a hundred kids,” she said. “My grade next year will have thousands of kids.”

Valedictorian Kevin Schuster also saw the advantages of the small school size.

“You have the opportunity to participate in so many things – in a big school, you wouldn't get that opportunity,” he said. “You have the option to play football and do the musical, to play other sports and be a class officer, and you still have time for your school work.”

Roussos said the senior class held a tailgate before their final day of classes June 5.

“It was emotional,” she said. “But it was happy emotions.”

“It's bittersweet,” Greiner said. “It's been such a big part of life. I'm really excited, but I'm afraid to let go.”

Schuster, who will join the Air Force Academy, said that while it is bittersweet, he was excited for graduation.

“It's a really good feeling. You know all your hard work paid off,” he said. “You know everything you worked for has come down to this day. It's a celebratory moment.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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