We did it. We’re a mere few days away from walking across that stage, diploma in hand, ready to walk into our futures. On college signing day, as I looked across the library looking at the windows that had the names of all of our futures hanging there I could not help but think about what great things we are going to do.
First, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for welcoming a girl from a private school that no one else came from. You welcomed me with open arms and showed me what a family is. Not one day went by where I felt excluded or that I didn’t belong, and for that I will forever be thankful.
Thank you to the teachers who shaped us into who we are today. Without you all, we would not be continuing to our collegiate careers with the readiness and confidence that we have.
To my classmates, you guys are going to do amazing things. We have been through so much in these four short years and have been on so many adventures together. I hope that we all stay in touch and support each other for the years to come. From our first homecoming to our last prom. From our first sports games to senior night. From being that scared freshman to that confident senior that is ready to leave. I have had the honor to witness each and every single one of you grow up and I cannot wait to see you continue that growth in the years to come.
To the underclassmen, I know everyone says this, but time really does fly by. It feels like just yesterday I was sitting in Mrs. Coates’ freshman english class trying to remember everyone’s names. It feels like I blinked and here I am, ready to graduate and excited for the future. Do not be scared of the future, but start to plan because it will be here sooner than you think.
Thank you for making my time here at Washington High School so memorable and amazing. As Winnie the Pooh said, “how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”.
Thank you for allowing me to be who I am and have an amazing time over these four years.
Goodbye, Washington High School.
Once a Blue Jay, always a Blue Jay.
It was these seasons and these times in my life when I really came out of my shell and became confident in who I was as a player and a person. I wanted to thrive and practice more not just for me, but for the 8 other girls on the field who had become my second family.
Another major lesson I learned from these three outstanding people was, “the most important play is the next.” Sure, this may have started out as an on-the-field saying, but as I’ve grown up the saying has grown with me as well. It is not just the field where we need to pick ourselves up and carry on, but in life as well. Things will not always go according to your plans, in fact, they never really do. But, to prosper in this world we need to learn to be resilient and to bounce back from a setback. It is situations that tear us down that truly show who we are as people and shape us into who we are meant to be.
Just this week, I signed to continue my athletic career at Illinois College. Yes, I may have been recruited to play there this summer, but this journey started way before then. It is because of all the coaches, friends, and family that shaped me that I am able to be where I am today and I am beyond thankful for each and every one of them.
If I had to trace the start of my journey, where I realized what I wanted, and actually had a plan to set it into action, I need to credit Rich, Danny, and Nicole. It's not my physical skills that set me apart from other players, it is the values and morals that each one of them taught me that has helped me become who I am today.
So, Danny, Rich, and Nicole, if you all are reading this and I hope you get to, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me. You all have no idea how much your words and actions have stuck with me throughout the years and have given me countless opportunities. I would not be where I am today without you and I truly mean that. You all have been a blessing to my life.
You can go ahead and stereotype people, but take just a minute to sit back and think of how people would stereotype you. The truth is, I can probably fit into many stereotypes. I could be that “loud chick” that students see on their teacher’s smart boards every week on the Friday Show. I could be that, “teen with their face stuck in their phone” that adults just love to complain about.
I won’t let these stereotypes determine my path in life and determine my worth. After all, I get to decide what path I take in life. Perhaps we all should not let people’s judgments sway our choices. Be who you want to be. I know I am.
Everyone knows that senior year is supposed to be your favorite year. But it can also be one of the most stressful, right? This year there’s so many things I’m scared of and so many things I’m excited for.
For example, college! College can be such an exciting and scary time, but right now it’s more scary. Deciding where I want to go, filling out applications, finding my roommate, preparing our dorm, and so much more.
Also, the whole this is MY LAST YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL thing has me a bit nervous, too. People really don’t lie when they say that high school goes by in the blink of an eye. Before I know it powderpuff, homecoming, senior night, and prom are all going to be over, and I’m going to be moving on to the next chapter of my life.
There’s so many things I’m excited for! Softball is something I especially am looking forward to. I am so excited for this season because I feel like we have such a good chance at making a run for state. Then, there's Senior Night. I used to watch senior night, and now it’s my turn to stand out there.
I’m so excited to just soak in every day and make this last year the best. Even though one chapter is closing, another one is starting.
Have a great summer, Blue Jays! I will see you next school year as a senior.