This week marks the end of a journey for myself and 166 other teenagers. The seniors at Judge Memorial High School are going through their last week of high school. Some may call it bittersweet. Me, I call it just plain sweet. Sure, I'm going to miss all my friends, many of whom I will never see again. I'm going to miss the teachers who have taught me so much, not just about school but about life as well. I'm going to miss the cafeteria cookies and the sense of pride that accompanies being a Bulldog. But none of that compares with the triumph that is graduating from high school. Graduation marks the culmination of four years of hard work, dedication, and commitment. We as seniors have worked our whole lives for this moment, so it would be silly not to become engulfed in the joy that graduation brings. To close, I would like to thank my teachers for all they have done for me. I most certainly would not have been able to succeed and flourish without their guidance. I would like to thank my friends. for every good teacher I had that made school okay, there was a bad one that made school seem like a time sink. To my friends, thank you for making such time sinks bearable, and for making my life outside of school unforgettable. And finally, I would like to thank my family. Their nurturing and support are what have driven me to succeed, and for that I cannot express my thanks enough. A final message to my fellow seniors: take in this moment. It is only going to happen once, so be sure to bask in the glory that is high school graduation. Do not lament on the friends you think you will never see again. If you make an effort, your paths will cross again. Well, Youthvoices, its been a pleasure.
Until next time,