Sisters who share more than just a home

Sisters Genevieve, Catie, and Lauren Capolongo enjoy spending time together on vacation.
Courtesy of Lauren Capolongo '17

Sisters Genevieve, Catie, and Lauren Capolongo enjoy spending time together on vacation. Courtesy of Lauren Capolongo '17

While Convent of the Sacred Heart seniors may be leaving in June, their legacy will carry on through the strong connection they have developed with their younger sisters.
Senior Catie Capolongo cherished the time she spent at Sacred Heart with her two younger sisters, sophomores Genevieve and Lauren. While attending Providence College, Catie will especially miss the candid relationships she established with Genevieve and Lauren.

Sisters Genevieve, Catie, and Lauren Capolongo enjoy spending time together on vacation. Courtesy of Lauren Capolongo '17
Sisters Genevieve, Catie, and Lauren Capolongo enjoy spending time together on vacation.
Courtesy of Lauren Capolongo ’17

“I will especially miss expressing every possible emotion with my sisters: being happy, upset, angry, and being absolutely wild,” Catie said. “The twins will always accept my emotion and go with the flow.”
Catie and Genevieve agree that the quality time they spend in morning car rides to school together was especially valuable in fostering the strong connection they have.
“The biggest change will probably be Catie not being able to drive us around anymore,” Genevieve said. “Also not being able to ask her to play Wii when Lauren says no to me.”
When Catie moves out in the fall, Lauren will continue to support Catie and her new endeavors at college.
“I want her to know she can always come home to me and there’s always a shoulder to cry on,” Lauren said.
Senior Mackenzie Reilly and her sister Devon pose for a photo in front of the Washington Monument. Courtesy of Devon Reilly '18
Senior Mackenzie Reilly and her sister Devon pose for a photo in front of the Washington Monument.
Courtesy of Devon Reilly ’18

Additionally, senior Mackenzie Reilly believes that attending the same school as her sister, Devon, who is currently a freshman, helped them develop a special sisterly bond.
“We’re definitely so much closer. I love seeing her every day in the halls and we bond over what weird thing happened at school that day,” Mackenzie said. “Our mornings are constantly fun and enjoyable because we have each other for the ride to school. I think that’s my favorite part of the day.”
Both Mackenzie and Devon admit they will both miss each other’s quirky senses of humor and sharing comedic moments together next year.
Even though Mackenzie will attend University of New Hampshire almost four hours away, Devon remains hopeful that their relationship will stay strong and stable.
“I think we’ll be even closer, and even more appreciative of each other. I know I’ll be lonely without her, and will be counting down the days until she’s home,” Devon said.
Like Devon, senior Grace McKenney believes that her relationship with her sister, freshman Ellie, will not change, despite leaving for college in the fall.
“Obviously it will be harder for us to talk to each other since we will not be with each other every day, but I think our relationship will definitely stay the same.  We will just have to FaceTime much more often,” Grace said.
Sisters Grace and Ellie McKenney share a special moment together after their volleyball game in 2014. Courtesy of Ellie McKenney '18
Sisters Grace and Ellie McKenney share a special moment together after their volleyball game in 2014.
Courtesy of Ellie McKenney ’18

Grace advises Ellie to not only work hard in high school, but also to have fun and remain calm in stressful situations. Furthermore, Grace encourages Ellie to remain true to herself.
“Basically just try to be the best person you can be and don’t apologize for who you are,” Grace said.
Ellie also agrees that the most important thing for Grace to understand as she leaves for college is to not let anyone change who she is.
Next year, Ellie will miss the small, yet important things about Grace that always help make Ellie’s day better and their relationship stronger.
“The biggest change will be that I will come home and there will be no one to complain to, to laugh with, or to watch Gossip Girl with,” Ellie said.
Senior Emily O’Sullivan values the time she was able to spend in the same high school and on the same basketball team with her sister, sophomore Lilly.
“Whenever we are playing together it’s like we communicate with just a look and it won’t be the same playing basketball without her next year,” Emily said.
Emily encourages Lilly not only to reach her potential regarding her academic career, but also to understand that being a kind and caring friend and person is more important than receiving good grades.
Sisters Lilly and Emily O'Sullivan bond as toddlers in 2000. Courtesy of Emily O'Sullivan '15
Sisters Lilly and Emily O’Sullivan bond as toddlers in 2000.
Courtesy of Emily O’Sullivan ’15

Lilly also believes that playing on the same basketball team at Sacred Heart helped her to truly appreciate Emily as a loving sister and dedicated player. Lilly hopes that while Emily attends Haverford University, she will continue to stay true to who she is and will not forget about her roots in their hometown of Purchase, New York.
“My advice to Emily is to keep being that crazy and observant girl I know you are. Don’t let anyone change who you are,” Lilly said. “Also never forget about me, your little sister, who will always be here for you, day or night.”
-Morgan Johnson, Staff Writer