Siblings who stick together guide each other

Nurse Carol Wiley scrolled through the profiles in front of her. She was gathering information on the most recent Kerr applicants before presenting the files to Principal Greg Freeman. Already a few names have been marked. Soon, she glimpsed a familiar face and did not hesitate in flagging the profile; it was the brother of a current student.

This school year has brought something more to Kerr’s family: an influx of siblings. While there are no statistics kept on sibling enrollment, an estimated one-quarter of the incoming freshmen are related to current students or graduates. While the flood of siblings might be surprising to some, Wiley was not shocked.

“If you have a brother or sister who previously went here to Kerr – even after they’ve graduated,” Wiley said, “That does increase your chances of getting accepted.”

This was not the only condition though that might contribute to the siblings’ arrivals at Kerr. For the parents, picking up all the children at the same time was more convenient.

“I feel like it turned out to be more beneficial,” senior Malenie Areche said, “Because if we need to go home, my mom doesn’t have to make three trips to three high schools. It’s way more convenient in this sense.”

For the students, having a familiar face can help them adapt better to a new environment.

“They told me about Kerr like years before I came here,” freshman Linda Nguyen said, “So I already know a lot about this school.”

With these circumstances, Wiley felt that it was only natural to get an average of “four to five [sets of siblings] per year.”