The Viking Voice
Senior YearThursday, November 10, 2011 By Shannon Curtin
The diploma, the diploma is what it’s all about. The tests, the teachers, and the endless amount of homework all make that one moment worth it. That moment when your name is called, you walk across the stage and receive the certificate that you’ve worked 12 years for. However, before that moment, before you are released into adulthood, there is one last year that everyone looks forward to – the final, the legendary, Senior Year. Mary Charuhas pondered about her last few years at Saint John’s Catholic Prep and said, “It goes by a lot faster than you think. I wish I took the time to make more memories.” Senior year is filled with the moments of good times and bad, looking back on the ones you don’t take advantage of and reminiscing with the ones you did. Whatever happens, be happy at the stupid moments you make because senior year is all about making mistakes and learning from them. Filled with stressful situations, college applications, AP classes, and overbearing parents, senior year presents something to teenagers that has never been presented before, and that is freedom. Licenses, parties, jobs, and money, the hustle and bustle of senior year is all worth it in the end. It is truly the last year you can be a kid, but also the first year you find out what it’s like to be an adult. “They’re seniors. They automatically deserve respect,” Laura Malagari commented at the Saint John’s Catholic Prep Girls’ Soccer Senior Night. “The seniors mean a lot to me because they have been my mentors since my freshman year. I honestly do not know what is going to happen when they leave. No other class is as influential or important to the student body.” Even with all of the guts and glory, senior year comes along with many new responsibilities and obstacles to overcome. Senior year is the time that children mature into adults. It is the time that become independent; each their own person. “I just can’t wait to graduate, but the memories I made here will stay with me forever. The people are what I’m really going to miss. They’re what make me want to get up and come to school every day,” Senior Taylor Rogers said about her time at Saint John’s Catholic Prep. Senior year may seem scary and impossible to conquer, but it teaches you to live in the moment, challenge the obstacles thrown at you, and run with them. Senior year is a time to look forward to, a time to achieve success, and a time to ready yourself to move on with your life and make the memories that will last a lifetime.