Seniors: It is our time to fly

Autumn R.

Staff Writer
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Woodstock class of 2014, we have finally made it. After 13 long years, many days, and countless hours of sitting in the classroom, those days have come to an end. At the beginning of senior year we all made promises to one another to make it the most memorable year of each other’s lives. Standing under those Friday night lights, making jokes in the classroom, dancing at homecoming and prom, we made the best memories as a class. It seems as though in a blink of an eye the year has come to a close, so now it is time to put the ridiculous-looking caps and gowns on and walk across that stage.
On May 31st at 9 a.m. approximately 400 Woodstock senior students will walk across the stage at Woodstock Baptist Church. For two hours we will be applauded by fellow classmates, family, friends, teachers, and mentors. After two hours we will each have a diploma in our hands signifying all the hard word that was put into the last thirteen years of schooling. Those two hours serve as the stepping stone into the next chapter in the class of 2014’s lives.

This stepping stone into the next chapter of our lives is going to be hard, sad, and life-changing. Everything has been the same for so long, and most do not know anything different. Should it scare us? Should it excite us? All that we know as a class of 2014 is that the change that is coming up is going to be a huge and significant one. Even though we are moving onto the next chapter of our lives, we are all scared of leaving behind the chapters we have already found and loved. Senior Madison McCabe comments, “I am so sad to be leaving behind some people that I have seen almost every day for thirteen years. How do you adjust to that change? No one can tell you how; we are just going to have to figure it out on our own day by day.” Flipping the page and not knowing what is on the other side is a frightening and unnerving feeling.
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As the class of 2014, it is up to us to make the choice of whether or not to bring parts of the past to the future page in the book of our lives, or to start with a completely fresh and blank page. Keeping in touch with lifelong friends is something that is important to most. Thankfully, our generation has social media and cellphones to keep in constant contact with the ones we love. Senior Thomas Carroll comments, “I have buddies going to college in different states, and some on the same campus as me at UGA. Thankfully, I know who my true friends are, and I can keep in touch if I want to. Calling or texting someone is so easy.” Whether we are only thirty minutes away or more than eight hours away, we will drift, but it is up to us how much. Making new friends is a part of growing up, but remembering the friends who made us who we are is essential.

What is even more vital than keeping to one’s true self while in college is remembering one’s family. Senior Lauren Nielly comments, “My family has been with me through it all. Friends have come and gone through my 13 years of school, but my mom, dad, and sister have always had my back no matter what. They are what keep me going, and not seeing them every day is going to be hard.” Even though as a class we are venturing out of the nest, the ones who raised us will always be there no matter what. Friends come and go, but family is forever. Seniors, while at graduation, thank your family for raising you to be a successful student and for loving you throughout the rough teenage hormone high school years.

On May 31st the church is open at 7:30 a.m. for all Woodstock seniors to prepare for one of the most momentous milestones in our lives. At 9 a.m. the ceremony will begin. Last names from A to Z will be called, and smiling faces will walk across that church stage one by one. Shaking Dr. Weir’s hand and holding that diploma is a moment no senior will forget. Seniors, when waking up super early that Saturday morning, just remember why you are waking up. It is time to start the next chapter in our lives and to remember our roots as we become Woodstock High School alumni.

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