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Senior Goodbye: Kelly Prendergast
April 23, 2012
By Kelly Prendergast
Lycourier Sports Editor
As classes wind down and graduation approaches, I find myself feeling both sad and excited. I am really excited to celebrate my academic success with my classmates, but at the same time I dread saying goodbye to everyone who has become so important to me. For the past four years Lycoming College has been my home, filled with amazing memories and my friends here have been my family; making it even harder to say goodbye.
Four years ago, I moved into Skeath Hall, hoping that I had made the right decision in coming to Lycoming. Well, now that I am about to finish, I know that I made the right choice. By coming to Lycoming I received an excellent education, ample opportunities and develop lifelong friendships and memories.
First, I want to thank my family because without their support I wouldn't be where I am today.
Anma and Pop - you are the best grandparents I could ask for. I can't tell you how special you are to me and how much I truly appreciate everything that you have done for me. Both of you have taught me so much over the years and I will never forget it.
Michael - I want to thank you for always going the extra mile for me, literally. I wouldn't have had half of my opportunities if it wasn't for you offering to drive me where I needed to go. Your support at every single one of my games meant so much to me. Looking up and seeing you in the stands gave me extra confidence.
Mom - I don't know how to thank you for everything you have done for me. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for you always pushing me to be better. I know I may not have liked it at the time, but now I see how lucky I am to have a mom like you.
While at Lycoming several people have greatly influenced my development as an individual and I want to thank them for being a part of my life.
Diane Langley - you have been a professor and a mentor to me but more importantly you have become my friend. Your constant support has helped me strive for goals that I didn't think were attainable before. Thank you.
Joe Guistina - I just want to thank you for everything you have taught me while working in the Sports Information Office. You help me realize what I wanted to do in the future and also played a major role in my acceptance to West Virginia University.
Matt Dunn - I am so glad that you chose to come to Lycoming and coach. Thank you for challenging me day in and day out. Your constant high expectations not only made me a better player but also a better person and I am truly thankful.
In addition to those who have supported my development, I have made several friendships that I'm sure will last a lifetime.
Ashley Sitler - over these past four years we have had so much fun together. I will miss walking down the hall and going adventures with you. You have to promise to come visit me at WVU so we can procrastinate and go to Denny's together like we do now.
Allison Tripoli - although we have only lived together this year, you have become one of my closest friends. I'm going to miss sitting around, talking and going on daily river walks together. One of my favorite memories with you was fishing in Key West. It's something I will never forget and I'm glad we got to share it. We'll have to plan another trip and go again in the near future.
Juice - I honestly don't even know where to start. I am so lucky to have a best friend and her roommate like you. Thank you for being there for me through all the ups and the downs these past four years. We have had so many great memories that I can even begin to list them. I'm going to miss you so much next year. I love you like a sister and consider you a part of my family, so you better come visit me.
Being a part of the women's soccer team has also influenced my experience at Lycoming. Many of my best memories were all around my involvement in soccer. My favorite memory was traveling to Europe and playing in other countries. Scotland, England, and Ireland were beautiful, but the best part was experiencing it with my teammates. I am very lucky to have had that amazing opportunity.
Good luck with the upcoming season ladies, I love you all like my family.
I think this goodbye is so hard because Lycoming college has given me so much. I'm going to miss soccer, my friends and even classes.
I can say though that I am ready to confidently take the next step into my future. I'm very excited to be a part of West Virginia University sport management program and I believe my experiences here at Lycoming will help me with all of my future endeavors.