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Plymouth to graduate 76 tonight

Scott Seitz • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM


PLYMOUTH Plymouth High School has announced its top-five seniors.

Leading the way is valedictorian Brittany Rietschlin, while Courtney Bisel claimed salutatorian honors.

Rounding out the top five are Brandon Ritchie, Mandy Burrer and T.C. Burkett, respectively.

PHS' senior class will graduate at 7 p.m. today.

The entire top five agreed on one thing high school flew by.

"Enjoy your years because they go by too fast," Rietschlin said. "Make the best of them."

"Enjoy every moment in school, if not, you'll regret it later," Bisel added.

"Don't take anything for granted," Ritchie said. "It goes by really fast."

"Live every day like it's your last," Burrer said. "Don't get caught up in high school drama and enjoy your time in school because it flies by."

Burkett concurred, adding this advice for underclassmen.

"Take in everything and enjoy every minute of your senior year because believe me it goes by so fast that you will be sitting at graduation before you know it," he said. "Enjoy everything and don't let the bad things bring you down."

Rietschlin, the daughter of Mike Rietschlin and Mary Rietschlin, plans to attend The Ohio State University at Mansfield and later, possibly, transfer to the Columbus campus. She currently is undecided.

Bisel, daughter of Jan McCracken and Roger Bisel, said she will also attend OSU-Mansfield and eventually go to veterinary school.

Ritchie, son of Tim and Leisha Ritchie, will attend Ashland University and plans to enter the political or business field upon graduation.

Burrer, daughter of Jeff and Linda Burrer, plans to attend North Central State this summer to pursue a career in radiology.

Burkett, son of Nancy Burkett and the late Bill Burkett, plans to attend North Central State for two years to major in criminal justice and then transfer to another college for two more years to obtain his four-year degree in criminal justice. "I plan on becoming a police officer around the area in the future," he said.

Each of the top five shared their favorite high school memory.

"Late nights at friends' houses," Rietschlin said, adding "football and basketball games and every year with my basketball girls."

Friends are important in school, the group agreed.

"My favorite memory was getting to spend so much time with all my friends," Bisel said.

"Filming for the Big Red basketball team and being with my friends," Ritchie said.

"Winning powderpuff football junior and senior year and spending time with my friends," Burrer added.

Burkett enjoyed his senior year.

"All of senior year," he said. "The whole year is one great memory that I will never forget. All my friends, all the sports, and everything this past year are all amazing memories."

Burkett also served as class vice president, while Burrer was secretary and Rietschlin treasurer.

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