On Monday, June 12th, I officially wrapped up the best year in highschool yet. Junior year completely flew by, and I’m so excited for senior year. So let’s recap:
For me, school starts in September, and I quickly learned how rigorous my schedule was going to be, I decided to take so many classes that I would only have lunch every other day. That was a challenge. Eating a sandwich while quickly walking to your next class is much harder than it seems. Also in September is when my XC and Marching band season start. My favorite memory from these seasons is for one of my marching band competitions in New York City. My closest friends and I were in a group together and decided to eat at Junior’s a broadway-like restaurant in Manhattan. There, we pretended it was my friend Anna’s birthday to get cheesecake (which we still had to pay for), and met the greatest waiter in the world named Gregory! He signed a coaster for us because we think he’s going to be famous someday, and then we went on our way (shoutout to Gregory from Junior’s).
September was also the month of our City’s Homecoming game and dance. Me, being interested in journalism, decided to broadcast and also film a montage of the game. The Saturday morning of the dance I had woke up and the video had more views than I could ever imagine. It was shared by local radio stations and people all over the city, it currently has nearly 16,000 views. This was a shock. More people around Rome began to know what my name was, and what I wanted to do, and that was epic.
October is easily my favorite month of the year, and certainly one of the busiest. Still competing in Marching Band and XC, my weekends were full with competitions and races. However, I got to enjoy all of these with my friends and my close family living in Rome. I became one of our yearbook editors which was awesome! My cross country team had our home invitational and I also was able to host a team bonding for our Cross Country team where we carved pumpkins! The best part of the end of October and beginning of November is the final marching band competition at the Syracuse dome, where we placed fourth in our division with our show “The Hunger Games”. Although this is my busiest month of the year, it’s so exciting!
November was the month of stress and full of surprises. I was now officially a member of the National Honor Society, and I also had a lot of new opportunities coming my way. I visited many colleges this month, and began to narrow down my choices for my future. I began practicing for our school’s show choir, “Rhapsody”, and also got to plan our schools “Open Mic Night” with our class president. This Open Mic Night revealed our school’s musical for the Spring which was “Grease”. I instantly looked up the music score for it (because I usually play the piano) and to my surprise, there was no part I was able to play. Yikes. I spent my time contemplating over what I should do for musical auditions, as well as beginning my indoor track season.
December is always a festive month. There was actually snow this Christmas in my town, which was absolutely amazing! I was able to accomplish all Christmas shopping, and I was also able to volunteering being the narrator for a children’s Christmas pageant. My indoor track team broke some school records, and I was able to have a team bonding with my fellow distance runners by having a “Secret Santa” party. I also had another secret santa party with my band friends which was absolutely amazing! I also found out I was officially going to WJMC, and got my first camera for Christmas! (Thanks to my family for the wonderful gift!)
2017?! HOW?? I type this still in awe as this year is halfway over. This month was really focusing on my goals for the year. In school, we received a new teacher in one of my classes, which made me work a lot harder and accomplish more in that class. I also had officially decided to audition for the musical, and the show choir “Rhapsody” had our first performance! This was also the time for one of my first final exams in English, which I scored very well on. Overall, this month was great!
The best day of the year is Groundhog’s Day Eve. I say this because it is my birthday! I turned 17 this year which was pretty awesome, but the best part was I also auditioned for the musical on the same day. I ended up getting a callback for one of the musical parts! Although in the end I did not get the role, it was a super great experience. I also met a lot of new friends this month and started hanging out with some people I never expected to hang out with. It was an awesome time.
Although I am Irish, March is my least favorite month of the year. It was a busy month between track and musical rehearsals. However, I also started tutoring at a local elementary school. This was a great experience being able to learn from younger kids! Unfortunately I got my wisdom teeth out this month (ouch). This month also had huge snowstorms, which was great because it meant that we had snow days! (This did mean a lot of shoveling, but I also got to sleep in)
It’s track time! And school musical time! And Vacation time! This month was super busy. We had our performance of “Grease” as well as the beginning of our track meets. Shortly after this I went to Disney World with my family! This is always a super fun time, and I made a video about it in my previous blog post. The trip was awesome! I ran the Star Wars 5k as Darth Vader, and I went parasailing! This month was full of new opportunities that I was super excited for!
May & June:
These two months are full of exams and studying, but they’re also sentimental and exciting. It was my Junior Prom, and I got on the prom court with my escort being one of my very close friends (and best date) Alex! I also ran for student body Secretary and won! I landed my first job at a local store, and I finished my track season and junior year. The worst part is not being able to be in school with some upperclassmen friends. Looking at my AP Literature class (where I was the youngest and only junior), it was weird to see that I was no longer going to be in class with these kids. It’s so surreal. I probably left a few things out with these summaries, but the most important thing is how much I grew as a person and a student this year. Yay!
With that being said, here’s to another great year!