At the beginning of freshman year we had an assembly. They sat us down and talked about the importance of academics and how the next four years of our lives would work. The speech wrapped up with Principal Stephens saying that although it did not seem like it, our high school careers would fly by and we would be out of here before we knew it. My class stared back with blank expressions, we did not believe him.
Sitting here now as a senior with only a few weeks left until graduation, I realize just how right he was. The kids that I grew up with are now wearing shirts and lanyards naming their future college. How odd it felt to see my class grow up and now talk about how they are leaving this town and what they are going to do with the rest of their lives. It will be even stranger to go through summer and know that we are not returning to the high school next year. It was a privilege to be able to grow up in such a wonderful town like Duxbury. My four years in high school have easily been the best years of my life so far. I now have friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
I want to thank all the wonderful teachers that have helped shaped my life and given me a great education. Growing up, I had always been terrible in math, but my junior year I had Mrs. Donahue as a teacher and I was able to get an A on every test and worksheet. This made me feel like maybe math was not so hard, that I could actually do it. Even today, I still do great in math. This year I took Mr. Nelson’s ocean/marine biology course and have never laughed harder or learned such interesting things in a classroom. One time, he even stuck a quarter to his head and kept it there for about three days to teach us about the water adhesion.
I also want to thank all of the staff and administration for making everything run smoothly. Having things like boxes in the office for yearbook or cap and gown payments made difficult processes easy and quick.
Most of all, I want to thank my classmates. Being able to spend all these years with everybody was an honor. I am left with priceless memories and stories of some really impeccable people. Experiences like going on the Spirit of Boston for Senior Night Out or seeing everyone dress up in crazy outfits and have fun with the spirit weeks, I look back on everything and I am glad I had the chance to be part of it. Even though high school is ending, I look forward to seeing how all of us continue to grow up. I wish everyone the best of luck and that you are able to do whatever it is you have always dreamed of. Thank you, class of 2014.