High School Graduation: A Reflection


Colin Pattermann, Writer

Each year we begin a different chapter of our lives – especially this year. Many of us will go to college and continue our education, while others will go to trade school, and some will go straight into the workforce. However, although we are all going to different places with different goals in mind, there is something that we all share, and that is the time we’ve spent together in high school.

Although we didn’t all have the same friend groups, or even the same classes, we all shared the experiences of what it meant to be a Cavo, and what it meant to attend Emerson Junior Senior High School.

I asked senior Ava Sudano what she will miss most and she said, “Playing sports with friends.”

Senior Nataly Sergave added that high school has been, ” An eventful but memorable experience.”

Daniela Machinski, another member of the Class of 2023, shared, “I will miss all the teachers and friends I’ve made over the years.”

It’s easy to agree with them, and understand where they’re coming from.

Throughout my time here, I have learned a lot and met so many amazing people who have taught me so much. Not only did they teach me what it means to be a Cavo, but also what it means to be a good strong independent person. The friendships I have made here are ones that will last a lifetime, and I would not have wanted to spend my time anywhere else.

Although there are definitely some things we missed out on by being a small group, I think that this allowed us to become closer because all we had was each other. Throughout my time here I really knew most of the school just because of how often I would see them in the hallways, at school events, or even just around town. Emerson is a place I will never forget, and something I will always treasure close to my heart. 

Leaving will not be easy, but I know that when I come back here the feeling will be like no other, and all the memories will come flooding back to me. I am very excited to start this new chapter of my life, but will always miss walking into this building at 8 am every day.