When reflecting back on their favorite memory, Molly Munsinger and Hannah Pruessner both agreed that breaking the school record in the 4x4 relay their Sophomore year was amazing. Also, their junior year was even better because they received first at state in the same relay. Molly stated that looking at the pictures taken that day, “still gives me butterflies.” It seems that it is moments like those that will stay in one’s thoughts because of such a great accomplishment at such a young age.
For other seniors, the memories that will mean the most to them are the little things that can’t really be told as a story; it’s just the simpleness of it all. For instance, Erica Kotthoff said that her favorite memory is honestly, “everyday of my life.” Willy Schejbal said that Mr. Tucker’s classes will forever hold his favorite memories. Lastly, Megan Shockley had the grand experience of being able to look up into the “sea of green” when the Shamrocks played at Mizzou for the girls’ basketball championship. 20% of the seniors polled said they will miss walking down the halls and inconspicuously trying to peek their heads into classrooms to distract their friends. Sometimes it’s the little things that will really mean the most, even the silly ones.
Once out of high school, seniors will be going down their own paths. Some may be propelling forward, ready to move on and live a new life, while others are going to be slowly making the transition, scared of what may lie ahead. When asked about whether they’re ready for college and having a steady job, many had different responses. Kayla Borcherding simply said, “No.” While Kenzy Vedder said, “I am ready, but I am nervous. I am afraid that it will take me awhile to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.” In response to Kenzy’s statement, people could refer to Dan Gable’s quote, “Right out of high school I never had the fear of getting beat, which is how most people lose.” How does that speak to you?
So after all the stress and thoughts of the future, what is it that these New Haven High School seniors cherish most to take along with them? For Cortanie Gale, “Definitely softball. I met some great people and had wonderful coaches! I loved getting close to the team and all the memories we shared together!” Willy Schejbal said that, “I gained appreciation for how short life is and how much time can be wasted.” The time that Cortanie put forth into her team was, in her opinion, not wasted. And with Willy’s new appreciation for life, he plans to enjoy every moment to its fullest.
This may be the lesson many have been taught for years! Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. all say the same thing, “I regret not/doing…” If you are still in high school, don’t fill your life with regrets; everyone is in high school once in their life. Experience it to its full potential!
-by Tenille Duessler