Perry sextuplets mirror milestones and new beginnings previous to post-high faculty plans – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – They are known as the Perry Sextlings – six children born to parents Erin and Joe Perry on March 19, 2003 at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, who join older brother Parker.
KDKA has guided Simon, Olivia, Ian, Zoe, Josh, and Madison through their key milestones, and now they will be separated for the first time as all six are going to college.
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“I think it will definitely be exciting and difficult because I’ve had all of my siblings here every day all my life,” said Simon.
Three of the graduates will go to St. Francis University, one will start in the Army Reserves, and the other will go to the Universities of Miami, Kent State, and Coastal Carolina.
Kristine Sorensen from KDKA spoke to the six graduates and their mother about Zoom. She asked Mother Erin, “How do you feel as the mother of not one but six graduates?”
“It’s a lot of fear,” she said. “Lots of sleepless nights figuring out what to do with college, partying, graduation, making sure everyone has prom attire, graduation attire. It was a lot. “
Having seven children in college at the same time means a lot of time applying for scholarships and student loans. This week the Perrys got to walk their 130 classmates through the halls of their elementary and middle school in Avonworth.
Sorensen: “What’s it like to be kind of famous in your school district?
Josch: I like this.
Sorensen: Why? What do you like about that?
Josch: I just like how everyone knows who we are, like a teacher or a student, or really everyone in school knows who we are.
They look forward to being known individually now, but are grateful for the time they had been quarantined during the pandemic.
“I think it was really good for us,” said Zoe. “We sat together in the house and I definitely think we all got a lot closer.”
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Kristine asked her what was the hardest part about growing up as a sextuplet?
Simon: I would say privacy.
Josch: Parts of cars and vehicles.
Madison: Have your own individual personality.
Then Kristine asked what was the best thing about being a sextuplet?
Josch: It’s good never to be bored.
Zoe: You don’t have to go through things alone.
Josh: Always support and someone to stand up for you.
Madison: You always have someone to turn to for advice.
Olivia: Whenever you want to go out and play volleyball or something, we always have a full team.
Erin thanks everyone who helped along the way.
“I had helped feed them when they were little and watched them so I could go to the store. We had a lot of help, ”she said with tears on her face. “I could never repay everyone who helped us.”
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Erin says she doesn’t look forward to going to none of six kids at home, but she’ll enjoy taking golf lessons, traveling, and going to concerts.