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It's About Tradition: Purcell Siblings

Purcell Siblings (Alumni - Class of 2011)

A tradition for the Mariemont City School District is that each student is encouraged to reach further, work harder and try his or her best. As a result, many students continue their academic careers in high-performing university or college programs. The Purcell siblings are one example of this tradition. Each sibling graduated from Mariemont High School in 2011 and is now attending college. Three of the siblings are attending school at Dartmouth College, while Stacy is attending school at Williams College to study political economics. Hillary is studying psychology and geography; Erin is studying English; and Tim is studying economics and geography. To further their educational experiences, each person has also studied abroad in college.

All four siblings were involved in the fall play or the spring musical, as well as Key Club, Leadership Club, Book Club, Power of the Pen and National Honors Society. Tim was also involved in Stock Club, football, swimming, lacrosse and cross-country.

“The opportunity to participate in so many activities in high school helped us succeed in college, and I believe being well-rounded helped each of us stand out in the application process. The extracurricular activities in high school were awesome, both what was offered as well as how that activity or sport was executed. The rigor of the academic program at Mariemont High School also helped. For example, we had to write an in-depth research paper every year of high school, and I was one of the only students that came into my freshman year of college having the experience of writing a full-length research paper,” said Erin.

“This is a very tight-knit community and it feels very familial. The community is centered around the school, and we enjoyed riding our bikes to school and going home for lunch. When I come back to visit former teachers, it’s great to see the marks of former students throughout the building, in the artwork and awards that hang on the walls. I never knew how incredible it was to grow up in such a close community until I went away to college,” said Hillary.

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