As the senior year class is nearing the end, many thoughts are running through the heads of Princeton High School (PHS) 12th graders. Some are solely focused on getting out of high school, while others are reminiscing about the growth and change that they have gone through. No matter the student’s experience, all can agree that high school has made a huge impact on their life. Teachers, peers, and administration have developed close relationships with the seniors and are sad, but happy to see the seniors go onto their different chosen paths.
“I’ve learned that my leadership abilities have allowed me to not always rely on others and rely [more] on myself,” said PHS senior Taylor Hammons.
Spending four years in high school has allowed students to be able to grow and experience the diversity of Princeton. This opportunity has given students a chance to develop who they are and what is most important to them. Learning how to become independent and rely on themselves is one of the most shared experiences that seniors have.
“I’ve learned that things come and go,” said PHS senior Keoni Robinson. “Care about your future and what you want to do.”
Everyone knows that the terrible “senioritis” is in full effect after second semester rolls around. During this time many seniors forget that their academic studies are still important and that they may have an impact on their college plans.
“I wish I had my older brother with me to help guide me through school and keep me away from things that aren’t important,” said Hammons.
With the help of older siblings, parents, guidance counselors, students, and peers, seniors have access to advice on how to handle situations that arise during their high school career. This type of collaboration will come in handy in college and the professional world.
“Overall this year’s senior class has been good,” said PHS science teacher David Buquo. “In terms of welcoming me after my medical leave, they received me with kindness and admiration.”
Even though there have been some ups and downs with this year’s class, many teachers have said that the class of 2015 has been great overall. They have shown strong leadership skills that will be passed on to the next generation of Princeton students.
“ [My seniors] have been pretty good,” said PHS English teacher Katherine Lampe. “Recently they’ve been on point most of the time.”
The graduating class has also been able to establish their own traditions even though they’re in a new building.
Since this year’s class has set a benchmark for what to expect next year, many teachers have high expectations.
“I’m expecting leadership and even more maturity to help the underclassman,” said PHS math teacher Bob Fritz.
This is a time when seniors are reflecting on what they wish they would have done. Even though they can’t go back to the past, they can give advice to next year’s class.
“I wish I had more time,” said Robinson. “If I could go back I’d be more involved and finish more homework assignments.”
As a graduating senior of the Class of 2015, my advice for incoming seniors is to stay on top of your game. Make sure to do what you love. It doesn’t matter how long you take to achieve your goals, it only matters that you reach that goal.
The class of 2015 has had to deal with the difficulties that big changes can bring. Being the inaugural graduating class in the new PHS means that it was expected to adjust and adapt. This group of seniors has been able navigate the new school with great leadership skills and maturity and has worked hard to make new traditions.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015 from all of us at Odin’s Word!