An Open Letter
to My Senior Year
Dear Senior Year,
This is me saying goodbye to the life I was so happy to live, and not ready to say goodbye to just yet.
WOW, we had some great experiences that started my first year at WHS. All those first-time experiences added up fast. From the first day of school to my first homecoming, it all came together to create an amazing high school career. I will never forget the first time standing in the basketball student section and the first time trying out for soccer. Getting moved up to varsity and playing my first-ever varsity game was yet another amazing memory. How could I ever forget the bus ride to the state soccer tournament and the moment I walked on to the field? Winning third in the state was a surreal moment! That was a great first year to start out my high school life.
There are many "moments" that end in a way we do not expect, but we know they are coming. It was hard looking up at the scoreboard and seeing it was game point and that serve could end my volleyball career. I could have one more rally, but the other team scored the point! I didn't know what to do, besides just look at my parents and think, I just played my last game of volleyball ever.
Then, there was the moment that I looked up on defense to see the scoreboard time clock ticking down its last seconds realizing that I have to say goodbye to my years of basketball. I was going to say goodbye to ever playing with a team on the court again.
That was all expected during my senior year, I knew those days were going to come eventually, but what I didn't expect was the phone call saying I will not be going back to high school after spring break. I spent my last day of high school walking those halls not knowing it was my last. I cannot remember how that day was going and if I was happy, sad, excited. I just remember it was the Thursday before spring break. I said all my goodbyes without even really saying goodbye.
That day was the last day I sat in all of my classes and had my last conversations with my classmates. It was the last time I got to see and talk to all the underclassmen that I was close to. It was the last time I walked in the hallways with all my friends and stopped by the lockers to talk to my boyfriend. It was my last time walking to the locker room and getting ready for soccer practice and heading down to the field with my best friends.
It hit me the other day when I got home, and I was really upset and didn't know why. Then, it all came to me at once. I just broke down and started to cry. It all finally hit me that I won't ever get my first soccer game as a senior. I won't get to play with all my best friends again. I won't be able to experience soccer senior night, or even see what my team could have achieved this year because it was taken away from us in a snap of a finger.
Later that night, I just randomly stopped crying and it hit me that God has a plan and does everything for a reason. One day I will understand the answer to the question, WHY? Maybe the why is so I didn't get hurt before heading off to play college soccer or I needed a break to heal my injury that He knew I wasn’t taking care of. I don't know why, but one day I will.
I know I am not the only one feeling this way. We can't control what happens in this world. We can't just dwell on the bad, like not having prom or graduation on the dates originally set to have them. However, we can be thankful that our school is trying to find a way to have our senior prom and graduation.
This isn't the senior year I wished for, but it is definitely a senior year that no other class can say they have experienced.
The class of 2020 has a different story to tell!
WHS Senior Class of 2020
Life is an Adventure
Try Something New!
When I go camping I always have to take a bike ride and go on an adventure wherever I am. I never considered that I could go 15 minutes away from my house to take those same adventures that I typically enjoy while camping hours away from home! That is where the Katy Trail recently came into the picture for me!
My mom and I took a day out of our busy schedules to go take a bike ride on the Katy Trail recently. We loaded the bikes up in the truck and took off. Just a quick drive on Hwy 47 and we were there. We unloaded the bikes and put our dog Cabella in her basket before we started riding.
The scenery was so beautiful. It’s like you are riding through a tunnel of trees. Everywhere I looked I saw something different. The birds were flying from branch to branch, chirping away. The creek running on the side of the trail with all the big rocks was a beautiful sight, too.
My mom and I thought it was amazing to be able to ride our bikes again and not have to drive so far like we would if we were camping. We were amazed at how beautiful it was, but we were really surprised that we had never been on the Katy Trail before. We love to take on new adventures as a family, so this was definitely fun and exciting.
We had so much fun trying to take pictures, too. My mom was trying to take a selfie of us and almost ran off the trail! She said, “Cierstyn this is a very dangerous thing, I feel like riding a bike and taking selfies should be illegal.” FYI - there were no injuries while we were on our adventure.
I am definitely happy that I went out and tried something new by taking a bike ride on the Katy Trail. It was really fun being able to spend time with my mom and my dog while doing something we all enjoy.
Like we say every week on The Friday Show, "TRY SOMETHING NEW BLUE JAYS!"
Looking Back with Gratitude
Entering high school I was really nervous because I was transferring from a little private school to a big public high school. The first thing I had to figure out was how I was going to look at this change. I faced two big options:
#1. Am I going to go into this scared and not get to know people?
#2. Am I going to be myself, meet new people, and make high school amazing?
Man, I am happy I chose to be myself and get to know people! Everyone has a story and everyone enters your life for a reason no matter if it's a blessing or a lesson (or even both).
Before school even started, I had to attend a freshman orientation. I was very fortunate to get placed into a group with one of the older varsity basketball girls. She made me feel welcome, told me not to be scared, and that she would always have my back. She was the first person to have an impact on my high school adventures. She stuck by me through the years we attended high school together and always checked in on me to make sure everything was going good. To this day, she still texts me and asks how I am doing. I couldn't be more thankful to have her in my life.
Still being nervous for my first day of school, I was happy I also had my older brother and his friends looking out for me. They always made sure to ask how I was doing and how my day was going. They made time to talk to me to make sure everything was fine. I was lucky to have had them to lean on as I started high school. To this day, they still have my back.
I’m also thankful I had my past soccer coach, who is the WHS Athletic Director. I knew he was someone to always talk to if I needed anything. He continually made me feel excited to be a high schooler. He always went out of his way to tell everyone that he was my soccer coach. We have our own special handshake that we do every time we see each other. And to this day, I don't think I could thank him enough for everything he did for me.
My sophomore year is when I met my best friend. She is my go-to girl no matter what and always helps me though everything! We also have lots of volleyball memories together. We definitely have a different bond than most best friends do because we are both very busy, so it isn’t easy for us to always talk to each other on the phone, but that doesn’t matter because when we hang out nothing else matters! I am truly grateful to have her in my life!
This year, my senior year, I met a great guy who always makes me laugh and is someone I feel comfortable just being myself around. He has stuck with me and has shown me how I should be treated and respected. He always makes sure that no matter what the situation is I look at the positives. He truly is a blessing!
There are so many other teachers, coaches, janitors and friends who have made my high school experience so memorable! As I am entering the last months as a WHS Blue Jay, I want to say thank you to everyone who has entered my life. You all have made me who I am today!
Try Something New, Blue Jays:
Experience WHS Wrestling!
Cierstyn in Five Words
I am a very go-go-go type of person. I am the person people look at on my teams to help pick up the team and to energize them to make us win the game. I never stop!
I can go from school to high school practice, and then make it to my soccer club team practice all in the same day. I have been called the Energizer bunny. People have commented on how they wish they could bottle up my energy for themselves. I just enjoy life and being energetic is my coping mechanism.
No matter what I am doing, I am always willing to cheer on someone or have a conversation. I love making new friends and putting a smile on someone’s face that really needs it.
When I am playing a sport, I always make sure I am loud and cheering on everyone. It is my goal to make sure the team is up and going, and always has a face of confidence.
I am a triathlete. I play volleyball, basketball, and soccer, which I play year-round.
I started volleyball when I was in fourth grade. I have played on many teams, but just I just finished my many years of volleyball and hung up my volleyball shoes a couple of weeks ago.
I have played basketball since I was in fifth grade. My teams have included a select team. Currently, I am playing my last year of high school basketball.
I have played soccer since I came out of the womb! I have been with many teams and have made many memories. The best one is when I officially signed to play soccer at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.
I am the girl that can’t miss a day of school or practice without feeling guilty even if I am home deadly sick. I am the person who will never say stop because I don’t want to! I push myself to the next level, not just to make me better, but to make my team better. I work hard at what I want because nothing ever gets handed to me easy. I have always had to work for what I have wanted and that has made me into the fighting woman I am today.
I am always cheering, jumping up and down, and screaming for my team. I try to keep people going, make them laugh, and be excited to be there. I love it when people come up to me and say, “I know when I am down, I can come to you and you will always cheer me up! Sometimes, I just have to look at you and see you dancing or making a funny joke, and it puts me in a better mood.”
If Given The Chance, I'd Never
Take You For Granted Again
I was asked an interesting question one day.
If I could go back and be a little kid again, what would I change?
Honestly, I wouldn’t change much, but I would change one thing that touched my life forever. I would go back to the years before I turned five years old, back to the time when my grandma still remembered who I was.
I would change all the times that I took for granted with my grandma. I would have asked my mom more often to go over and spend the night with grandma and kick grandpa to the couch so we could watch old movies together. We would wake up in the morning and grandpa would have donuts sitting out for all of us grandkids, but I would make sure I didn't touch grandma's donuts, or grandpa would get on to me!
I wouldn't have taken for granted the walks to the park with my grandma to our special tree that we would climb and have contests in. We did that until one day when we had to say goodbye to our tree because it was cut down.
I wouldn't have taken for granted the times my grandma would just hold me tight and say, “Everything will be okay, we will get through this, girly whirl!"
If I could change the past, that's what I would have done, but what my family went through has made me who I am today. My family says that I am a girl who doesn't give up and fights for everything. I thank my grandma for all of that because she looks down on me and helps me through everything while remembering who I am.
These are some of the things I love about camping:
My family goes camping all the time, but a lot of people don't call it actual camping, they call it “glamping” since we stay in a big fifth wheel toy hauler. When camping, we always go with family and friends. Let me tell ya, that it is a whole story on its own! I have also met some amazing people on camping trips that I still talk to, to this day!
When I was little all I wanted to do was jump in a car with my best friend and take a road trip. This summer I did just that! My friend and I jumped in her car and drove to Indiana where my aunt and uncle own a lake house. We went there to dog sit while they were in Las Vegas.
Indiana is also where I met some really great people at the beginning of summer when I was there with family. I wanted to go back and my friend said she wanted to meet all the awesome people I kept talking about. That was how the road trip was born!
I do have a few tips for planning a road trip with friends:
I hope you will take the time to go camping or go on that road trip you've always wanted to take. Better yet, why not do both!?
Until next time,
Ending Alzheimer's Disease Together!
You were the first-ever select soccer coach to take me in when you coached the team for a couple of years. You showed me to stick up for myself, take a step back, and stop overthinking the game. You taught me to play like Cierstyn, not like anyone else!
You were the start of me realizing that soccer isn't just a sport to me. You helped me realize it was a passion of mine. It was a sad time for me when I moved to a new team, but all the stuff you said to me and coached me stayed with me as I advanced in my soccer career.
You weren't totally gone from my life, though. When high school came around, there you were again! As the Athletic Director at our high school, it means a lot to me when I come off the field at our soccer games that you still have advice for me to take in. You talk to me about what I could have done better in the situation and continue to teach me to play soccer how I know how to play - not scared or timid.
From day one of my high school soccer career you made me feel so welcomed, and you always took the chance to tell everyone that you coached me in soccer when I was younger. That really made me feel welcome in a new school with people I didn't know.
If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to sign with the college that I fell in love with at first sight. Thank you so much for taking me under your wing and always putting a smile on my face. You never gave up on me, and you always pushed me to be my best. Thank you for always believing in me even when I didn't believe in myself.
Your favorite soccer player/favorite WHS student,
(this is where we do our handshake)
Soccer, volleyball, and basketball.
Love camping and doing adventurous things.
Culver-Stockton College soccer commit!
Soccer, volleyball, and basketball.
Love camping and doing adventurous things.
Culver-Stockton College soccer commit!