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Liverpool grads defy convention and stay in the area

The city of Syracuse and its outlying suburbs are doing everything they can to keep young people. If you can believe everything you read, professionals under 35 are leaving the area in droves -- heading to warmer climes, higher pay and better jobs.

It's called the brain drain, the exodus of young professionals from the Syracuse area to other cities. According to a study done by consultant Catalytix Inc. for the Syracuse Metropolitan Development Association's Essential New York Initiative, Syracuse's suburbs have been steadily losing a greater percentage of their under-35 population than any of the other top 102 metropolitan areas in the country.

But it seems that more and more Liverpool graduates are bucking the trend. Recent Liverpool High School grads are deciding to stay in the area and taking positions that help the community. Liverpool alums are employed as teachers in the district, accountants and businesspeople and communications professionals. The editor of The Review is herself a Liverpool grad.

While some stay after graduation, immediately entering the workforce or going to college nearby, others leave for greener pastures and find they miss home and return. So what keeps them (or brings them back)? Four recent grads presented a number of reasons that they still call Liverpool home.

Those who stayed

Rick Roberts, a 2000 graduate, is the afternoon disc jockey for 93Q, owned by Citadel Broadcasting. He attended Onondaga Community College after graduation and has worked for 93Q since his high school days.

"I worked here during high school -- full-time as a senior," Roberts said. "The school was very accommodating to me during that time."

Andrew Casamento, now a second-grade teacher at Wetzel Road Elementary School, graduated in 1998. He went to the State University of New York College at Cortland, mastering in education. Upon his graduation when he began seeking a teaching job, he found few districts could compare to Liverpool.

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