Dear High School,
Truly, I never thought I would see the day where our time together would come to an end. The days felt long (VERY LONG), but as time moved the weeks, months, and years got shorter, and then unexpectedly our time together got cut short.
Despite the sudden loss of the renowned “best time in high school,” I’m still thankful beyond words for you. Since I didn’t get to have my last day, final goodbyes, and thank you's, I would like to put them here instead!
Dance team- Four years? WHAT! It feels like yesterday I was 13 and awkwardly stumbling into the gym for tryouts! Thank you for letting me express myself and be a place I could not only grow as an athlete, but as an individual. I’ll miss the energy of performing and football game sidelines. Once a Jaywalker, always a Jaywalker!
Leadership- I have never enjoyed being a part of a group more. You made me excited to come to school every day. This classroom felt like a home to me. Being friends with absolutely everyone in class AND having great advisers, shoutout Mrs. Loepker and Ms. Graves, it was an experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Thank you for making me feel like I belonged at WHS and was making a difference
Coach Gough- Thank you for believing in me in and outside of the classroom, and for telling me that I just have to go for my dreams, no matter how big. I wish I would have been able to swipe at least one more high five from you!
School lunch- I always brought my lunch, BUT on pizza dipper days I loved you so much.
Lana Del Rey and soda- You made my long days more bearable. I will always associate listening to your albums and drinking soda from the school machine with relaxing. I’ll be sure to do it in college and think of you, high school!
Blue Jay Journal TV- I was so shy and timid before TV. That may be hard to believe for some people now because I’m a totally different person because of this class. I made so many friends, talked to so many people, produced stories for our school and community, and grew beyond measure in this classroom. THANK YOU every TV member and Ms. Turner for making me a better person!
Friends- Wow. Best for last, right!? Every person I’ve been friends with through high school has in some way changed me forever. Specifically, though I would like to thank my fellow senior best friends, Drew Post, Elise Pruett, Caleb McDaniel, Emily Hahne, and Elise Thierbach for being there with me through it all. Though we're all going separate ways, our laughs, memories, and late-night conversations will ALWAYS be some of my favorite memories. You guys make me, me!
High school, this really is the end. Right now you seem so recent and real to me, but I know one day you’ll be fuzzy in my mind and it will be difficult to recall the details. Even without the details, I will really miss you. Thank you for everything. PEACE OUT!
For the last time,
There are many clubs and teams at WHS that have sparked my interest, but specifically, this year's new Environmental Club is an organization that I am interested in learning more about. After seeing ads for meetings on the Friday Show and reading posters around the school, I decided it was time to act on my interest and attend a meeting!
Walking into my first meeting in March, I was nervous. I have a few friends in the club and hoped to see them there, but it was the unfamiliar faces that made my day. When I entered the room, I received several joyful “hellos”' from new faces happy to see me! Everyone's positive attitude made me feel comfortable and ready to learn more about this group.
During the meeting, we watched a video about an artist who uses plastic waste from the ocean to construct animals. She does this to spread awareness about just how much our oceans are polluted with things we never even thought of. The animals were constructed from plastic bottles, lids, sunglasses, toilet seats, and many other forms of plastic pollution.
They also covered upcoming events and opportunities to get involved with the club. The meeting ended with some free stickers for attendees and a prize that was hidden under a table for someone to locate!
Attending my first meeting was a great experience with my peers, but the education about cleaning up our environment has even greater value than I expected. I learned so many things from one meeting that I can’t imagine how much more there is to learn about saving planet Earth. I plan on attending many more meetings before I graduate in May.
If you are ever unsure about trying something new, my advice is simple - TRY IT! Later on in life, you will regret missed opportunities to make new friends or pursue an interest. Now is the time to try as many new things as possible, Blue Jays!
I, like many others, stay in my comfort zone, rarely venturing out to the unknown. It doesn't matter if it’s something major or small, I normally don’t like change or new things. I eat the same lunch every day and refuse to paint my room from its original light tan color, but today I tried something new! Something that will help others in need. Today I donated, for the first time, to the Little Free Food Pantry in Washington, Missouri.
The food pantry I donated to was outside of Mercy hospital. I had learned about the opportunity through my mom. Weekly, her office donates over twenty dollars worth of cans and other nonperishable food items. She told me, “every can, every pack of ramen, every box of food - counts.” She's right. As a community, I believe we need to help support those who are in need. You never know others' situations and who that can of soup might feed for dinner tonight.
Whether you, a family member, or a friend are in need, or if you would like to donate, Little Free Food Pantries are located all over town. Some locations are the YMCA, the Washington public library, and outside of Mercy. Please consider trying something new and donating! It could help so many in our community!
Until next time,
Everyone is different and fun in their own way; that’s what makes them them. Many words are used to describe others and me, but these five words describe me best!
Organized: Anyone who knows me knows I CAN NOT function without a color-coded planner detailing my daily tasks, what I need to work on later, and what I need for the next day.
Along with my planner organization, I have to have a clean room. I can’t sit at my desk and work or go to sleep even if there is one thing laying on the floor of my room. The organization makes me feel like I can take on new tasks since I know my past and present ones are done.
Kind: I always try to be as kind to people as I possibly can! I feel that my compassion for others makes me kind. I pride myself in my efforts to help others and I hope it makes a difference to them! Being kind is good for everyone!
Sporadic: I have always been sporadic. My head is always racing with new ideas and random things! I always talk quick and jump around as my ideas flow. My brain is moving too quickly for me to say everything! I think almost everyone’s like this, but my head is always racing with new and abstract things.
Quiet: Around new people, I tend to keep to myself. Most of the time, I don’t even notice that I’m not talking much. Since my brain is racing with thoughts, I almost feel like I’m saying those things out loud even though I know I’m not. I tend to keep to myself when I get tired or am working on a project, but I like being quiet because it helps me organize my thoughts!
Unique: Everyone is unique! We are all different. From our musical taste, our interests, our style, there are an infinite amount of ways people differ from each other. I like to think that no one is the same. So, when it comes to me (and everyone else actually), everything is unique!
I, Megan Duncan, believe myself to be organized, kind, sporadic, quiet, and unique. These things make me, me!
Reflecting on yourself is important in order for us to realize our strengths and weaknesses. I suggest you reflect upon the positives of yourself. You never know what you might discover!
I can’t really write much about the concert because I was so mesmerized that it felt like I was in a dream. I actually don’t remember most of it. What I do remember, though, was the final song and speaking portion of the concert. Specifically, when BTS member, Kim Seok-Jin told A.R.M.Y that we were “his wings” while signaling to their renowned song and album “Wings”. Yes, it may sound cheesy, but the message of BTS is support. He supported us and we support him.
There will never be a day their song “Spring Day” plays and I don’t cry, or smile. When I hear their music, I have so many emotions. I even will laugh when I watch their live videos. Ever since I heard the first line of “DNA” in 2017, I was hooked, to say the least.
I have to conclude with these thoughts:
#1. Never be afraid to like something that others don’t.
#2. Don't be afraid to try something new.
#3. You might, in fact, find “taboo” or "unique" things are your favorite.
To be a cliche is to say that I cannot live without my dog - but it’s true. I can not imagine a day where I walk into my house and not immediately have my dog, named Dog, jump into my arms. What would my life be like if I didn't see her run across the living room, or sleep at the end of my bed? She is always a happy part of my life.
Dog started making my life brighter when I was three years old. I had visited the Franklin County Humane Society in Union with my Dad. Luckily, my parents and other family members were also wanting a dog!
I picked Dog out myself. Immediately, as I stumbled into the room of dogs, only one caught my eye - Dog. She was barely two months old and sitting quietly in her kennel. She was gentle and kind. I knew I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, leave without her.
Taking Dog home was exciting for my entire family. We played in the backyard with her and took her for walks around our neighborhood once she was with us in her forever home. To this day, she loves taking car rides and sticking her head out the window. She won’t leave the kitchen until we give her a treat.
She is a family member, a Duncan, and she is treated as one. We celebrate her birthday and give her Saint Nick’s gifts. She is a light and something more than just an animal to my family.
Through the ups and downs of all of the years of school, traveling, and my daily life, she has been a constant reminder for me that I’m cared about. I simply can not live without the happiness she radiates. Dog is the best dog I could ever ask for.
I hope you also have something in your life like an animal or a friend that reminds you about the good in the world. I believe that anything that reminds us of happiness and joy are the things we can not live without.
Until next time,