And then there were four


       By Kay Braddock

       They weren’t always a class of four. 
During their sophomore year Terry High School’s Class of 2010 dropped down to three – a number they would maintain throughout their junior year.  
In elementary grades their numbers were as high as 13. After sustaining several student losses, the Class of 2010 moved into the Grandey building with eight students. Five years later, entering into high school, the class dropped by half.
As they recalled the list of students who joined them in the classroom setting they pointed out some students stayed as brief as just a few months. 
They’ve kept in contact with some, lost track of others. 
But throughout the changes in class size during their 13 years, three students have remained - Jordan Freiboth, Taylor Pisk, and Tanner Stickel.
“Taylor and I have grown up together. We’re kind of like siblings,” Freiboth explained, pointing out the two families have neighbored each other on Logan Avenue for years. “We’re all kind of like siblings.”
And as with any family setting there are those difficult kinds of moments.
“(We can) drive each other nuts,” Pisk acknowledged, pointing out with so much time spent together, each one can predict the other’s responses.
Junior year and prom preparations required extra work. Beyond the decorating, fundraising efforts proved difficult.
“Prom was a huge undertaking for just the three of us,” Pisk said, pointing out concession stands were manned by the three and their parents throughout many of the sporting events.
“You can’t rely on others to do a job,” Pisk said of students from small classes. “You have to be responsible for things.” 
Although classes are often combined with junior students, some are only attended by the seniors. The dynamics of the classroom changes with just a few students. For example, no class clown exists in the their class, according to the seniors.
“You don’t get away with as much in a small class,” Stickel said.
Their senior year brought the arrival of Lana Hoagland. 
“(She) fit right in,” Pisk said. “Lana is just super easy going.”
As a home-schooled student in Terry, the three already knew Hoagland. Freiboth and Hoagland had played on the same softball team for 10 years. Pisk and Stickel spent time with the Hoagland family because of their friendship with Lana’s older brother James.
And as the four prepare for Saturday’s graduation ceremony, they take a moment to reflect on their future get-togethers. That’ll be easy, they share, pointing out they can meet anywhere, but they agree it may most likely occur close to home – perhaps on Logan Avenue. 
Published May 19, 2010

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