We Laughed, We Cried, but We Haven’t Died

Class of 2017.

If we’re going to be honest, I’ve always wanted to give a speech at our graduation. Unfortunately, I have neither the grades to be Valedictorian or the popularity and leadership skills to be Class President. Since I won’t be making any speeches, I thought I’d do what I do best – write. Write about my high school experiences. Write about both good times and bad times. Things that we all have experienced together.

Let me start this off by saying that I’m glad I was apart of our class as a whole. Especially over the past year, I’ve learned to appreciate the hardwork and dedication that you have all shown and I often wish I had the same drive as you.

There are a lot of things I’ve never said. Not because I haven’t had the chance to, but because I never felt ready to. I’ve been told by a few that I can come off as stuck-up, because I hardly ever talked and I assume that a lot of you are under the impression that I don’t like you. I want you all to know that that was never my intention. I’ve always been shy and I find it difficult to just start a conversation. I am very fond of all of you, even the ones I’ve had disagreements with in the past. To the people who thought I didn’t like them, I’m sorry I never took the chance to let you know that I cared. To the people who needed a friend, I’m sorry I wasn’t that person for you. The truth of the matter is, is that I’ve spent all of highschool wanting to reach out to people but I never knew the words to do so. For me, this is one last effort to put myself out there before we all say goodbye For Good (gotta throw in a cheesy choir kid joke).

I believe our class has been one of the best to pass through Lawrenceburg High School. The most obvious portion being athletically. We sent three teams to State this year so far, Baseball is ranked second in the State, Volleyball crushes it every year. I was never a huge fan of sports, but this year had me wishing that I had gone to just a few more games. Watching our teams grow and prosper, especially our senior year, was one of the most magical things I’ve ever experienced. Congratulations to anyone who took a step onto that court, or field, or mat. You guys worked so hard to get to where you are now and you deserve it.

I’m not sure of the exact statistics, but our grade has excelled academically also. We have a handful of peers graduating with their Associate’s Degree. That’s a lot of hours spent studying and cramming and just plain hard-work and dedication. Congratulations to all of you for taking advantage of our college classes. You guys rock! Alongside our now-college-grads, we have our Salutatorian and Valedictorian. I know these titles are still up in the air, but these two girls should get a special shout-out for all they’ve done. Congratulations to Miah Lorey and Audrey Schwier and the best of luck to both of you.

I would also like to give a special shout-out to the Choir and Theatre departments. You guys have given me a place to call home within LHS for the past four years. Even when I spent a semester avoiding that half of the building, I was still welcomed back with open arms. Many of you have grown to feel like family to me, especially those who I spent my years in Pizazz with. I am definitely going to miss the chaos, music, and sense-of-belonging that you all have given me. You were an incredible group to sing and perform with. Even when tensions were high and the director was struggling to get everything together on time, the magic that happened on that stage is something that cannot be faked. We’ve been through alot together (The “Kankle” incident, having Andrew Budd as our impromptu teacher in Freshman Chorus for like two months, forgetting the words to “Silent Night”, and the many other fiascos that have happened within these four years). Either way, I’m glad I got to spend these years with you. Thank you for always being there, even when you didn’t know that you were. I will miss all of you next year.

To the Band. Though we are far from the same, it always felt right to group choir and band together. It might’ve helped that our rooms were connected, because that made our lives a little bit more connected too. I’m not sure if you guys knew this or not, but my mom was once in the Lawrenceburg Color Guard. Her picture was hanging along with the rest of her class, but her portrait has since fallen off the canvas. I’ve always been impressed by people who could play an instrument. I’ve tried and failed many times, but I’ve spent many Friday nights watching you guys perform. You guys are underappreciated and it sucks, because you guys really are great despite the lack of funding coming from a small school. I really do hope that you all continue to do what you love, because you have a gift. It’s been a pleasure sharing a hallway, practice rooms, and an auditorium with you guys.

Here’s to us, Class of 2017. It’s been one hell of a ride. Enjoy the next few days we have left, because you don’t get to go back once it’s over. And yes, I know this whole thing has been incredibly cheesy and nostalgic but I would’ve regretted not saying everything. I know a lot of you are just ready to leave LHS behind and this might mean nothing to you, but that’s okay. I’m secretly a huge sap and I’m going to miss the people I have spent twelve years with. The best of luck to all of you on wherever you’re planning on going. If you guys ever need anything, I’m just a call or text away.

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