Friends since kindergarten, trio prepares for new journeys

By Dwight Collins | Jun 05, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Camden Hills Regional High School Seniors, from left, Addie Drinkwater, Moira Pieri and Sarah Haselton pose for a photo just like one that ran on the front page of the Camden Herald when the girls were in kindergarten. The three have been friends ever since.

Rockport — Three young women are about to reach a destination on a journey that has been more than a decade in the making -- and they have been at each others sides every step of the way.

Sarah Haselton, Moira Pieri and Addie Drinkwater began their journey the first day of kindergarten and on June 6, will graduate together, completing one chapter of their lives.

“It is so crazy how fast it went by,” Drinkwater said. “It still hasn't hit me yet, but this is our last week before graduation and we have been together since the beginning.”

Haselton said she never really thought about the fact that the friends that she has been surrounded with her entire school life will be going off to continue whatever life has in store.

“It is hard to believe that the three of us have seen each other basically every single day since kindergarten and in a week that is all going to change,” she said. “You don't necessarily think about how much time has gone by until we are actually done with school, so you never think about how much we have changed in 12 years.”

She add, “It's not until we are standing there after graduation that it will actually sink in, we will be happy to go, but sad that we are leaving.”

Pieri said the end of the journey is bitter-sweet because the friendships that have been build will change because of each others personal growth and in just a few short days, that part of the journey is over.

“We go to school together with everyone everyday and now after this weekend none of us will all be in the same place at the same time again,” she said.

With one chapter closing the three are also excited to move one to the next one. Haselton said she is going to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz, while Drinkwater plans to attend St. Michaels College in Vermont. Pieri plans to attend College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

A clipping from the Camden Herald shows Addie Drinkwater, Moira Pieri and Sarah Hazelton awaiting the first day of kindergarten together. The three will graduate with the rest of the class of 2014 June 6 at Camden Hills Regional High School. (Courtesy of: Eliza Haselton)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Theresa Jones | Jun 05, 2014 15:55

Love this story!



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jun 05, 2014 09:09

Great story. I know it's always uplifting to see former classmates that went from K-12 with me. Many children miss out on that experience. Best wishes to all.



Posted by: Jill M Goodridge | Jun 05, 2014 08:16

This is a wonderful & heart-warming story. Friendships that sustain over a long period of time says a lot about character. Good luck to you young ladies on your next journey.



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