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The Challenges and Celebrations of Senior Year

posted Oct 17, 2012, 1:23 AM by Golden Knight
 Posted in Campus

 By J.D. Kieffer 

 The class of 2013 has and will face continuing difficulties as well as surprises as it enters its final years at St. Francis High School.College applications, football season, and the demanding rigors of academic life are just a few of the challenges the class must overcome. In addition, before long, the inevitable “Senioritis” is bound to set in (the impossible-to-reverse decline in motivation that many high school seniors face as they get closer to graduation). This is also the time, however, where we, the seniors of  St. Francis, discover who we are, who we were meant to be, and our purpose in the unscripted and winding path of life.

    We have a sense of obligation, amidst all of these challenges, however. We are obligated to express ourselves at school. This is our chance. Our very own chance to leave a mark on St. Francis High School. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, it is vital that we, as seniors, stay committed to our goals. Colleges will be expecting consistency and our reputations depend on it. Indeed, it is an opportunity that allows us one last chance to show everyone who we really are. We do not want to be the “senior who gave up on senior year” and failed to try his best. We want to seize the moment and reap every fruit that this last year has to offer.

    Take sports for instance. This is the last year that most of us will ever dribble, run, or swing the bat in an organized setting. Making the most of this year entails giving every inch of effort we have left. It means that we will have nothing left to give at the end of the year. That is how we should approach everything during our last year.

    On the other hand, we need to do everything we can to become involved in our school community. In other words, we need to “live it up.” That means going to every football game, taking a risk, and striving to learn as much about ourselves as possible. We need to stay together, united as Golden Knights and the Class of 2013.