Perry Sextuplets Reflect On Milestones And New Beginnings

KDKA's Kristine Sorensen shares the family's story before the post-high school plans begin.

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- Well, a lots of students are graduating this week, but the most well-known grads in our region may will be the Perrys sextuplets who graduate from Avonworth High School tonight. The six children received national coverage when they were born 18 years ago. KDKA Kristine Sorensen shares how they're going out on their own for the very first time.

- You guys are gonna dropped me.

[LAUGHTER]

KRISTINE SORENSEN: They're known as the Perry sextuplets. Six kids born on March 19, 2003 at Magee Hospital to parents Erin and Joe Perry, joining big brother Parker. We followed Simon, Olivia, Ian, Zoe, Josh and Madison through their major milestones. And now they're about to live separate lives for the first time, all six going off to colleges from Ohio to North Carolina.

SIMON PERRY: I think it's definitely going to be exciting and difficult because like our entire lives like I've always had all my siblings here like every single day.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: Three of the graduates are going to St. Francis. One starting in the army reserves, and the others are going to Miami of Ohio, Kent State and Coastal Carolina. How are you feeling as a mom of not one, but six graduates?

ERIN PERRY: It's a lot of anxiety.

[LAUGHTER]

A lot of sleepless nights figuring out what we're doing with college, the party, graduation, making sure everybody had prom attire, graduation attire, it's been a lot.

- Madison Regina Perry.

[APPLAUSE]

KRISTINE SORENSEN: Having seven kids in college at once, means lots of applying for scholarships and student loans. This week, the Perrys got to walk down memory lane with their 130 classmates through the halls of their Avonworth elementary and middle schools.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: What's it like to be kind of famous in your school district?

JOSH PERRY: I like it.

[LAUGHTER]

KRISTINE SORENSEN: What do you like about it?

JOSH PERRY: I don't know, I just like how everyone knows who we are like, any teacher, like any, like student, or really anyone like around in the school. They all know who we are.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: They're looking forward to now being known individually, but they're grateful for the time they had quarantined in the pandemic.

ZOE PERRY: I think that it's actually good for us, like we were stuck together in the house and I definitely think we all got a lot closer.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: I asked them what's the hardest part about growing up as a sextuplet?

SIMON PERRY: Personally, I'd say privacy.

- Sharing cars and vehicles.

- Coming off your own individual personality.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: So tell me what are the best things about being a sextuplet?

- Never being bored is a good thing.

ZOE PERRY: You don't have to experience many things alone.

JOSH PERRY: Always having support and always have someone to step up for you.

- You always have someone to turn to for advice.

OLIVIA PERRY: And whenever you want to like go play like volleyball or something, you always have like ball teams.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: Erin, thanks everyone who helped along the way.

ERIN PERRY: It was helping to feed them when they were young, to care them, to watch them so I could go to the store. We had a lot of help. I could never repay everybody that helped us.

KRISTINE SORENSEN: Erin says she's not looking forward to going from six kids at home to none, but she will enjoy concerts, golf lessons and traveling. I personally want to congratulate the Perrys on their graduation, it's been an honor to share their story. I'm Kristine Sorensen, KDKA News.