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Rye High Seniors Reflect As Graduation Comes

Rye High seniors Stephanie Alimena and Julia Pasqualini have been friends since the first grade and will part ways for college at the end of summer."We bonded over coloring books and the rest is history," said Stephanie, 17, who will be attending Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

The Rye High School Class of 2011 graduates Saturday, and many friends will be spending their last summer together before going their separate ways."I'm going to miss the sense of community and knowing everyone," said Julia, 17, who will be attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Stephanie is the class salutatorian and played varsity soccer for three years. One of her favorite memories is when the girls soccer team won the state championship her sophomore year.

Julia ran cross country and played on the golf team. She also discovered her love for art history while taking a class at Rye High, and plans to major in it at GWU. She has a particular fascination with the story behind a statue of Hatshepsut, an Ancient Egyptian queen who ruled as a pharaoh.

Stephanie plans to major in chemical engineering, following in the footsteps of her father.

"He kind of led me into it," Stephanie said. "But I've always liked science and math."Although the two friends will not see each other very often after summer, they know they will keep in touch through phone calls, video chats and "telepathic transmissions" said Stephanie.

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