Thank you, CHS


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Graduation may be celebrated differently for the class of 2020, but it is still a great accomplishment.

By: Angelina Wintonick, Co-Editor in Chief

What I thought would be a day full of final assignments and sitting in a high school classroom, turned out to be actually closing my chromebook for the last time on my dining room table. I thought today would be filled with hugs, crying and laughing with other students and teachers, but instead it consists of facetime and texting with friends. I never expected my last day of high school to be like this, but no one ever expected there to be a pandemic.

My Experiences

I am thankful for all of my experiences at Colonia High School. The laughing with friends, the tears over tests, the Friday night football games, the smiling teachers in every hallway. When a senior volleyball player told me my freshman year, “it will go by in the blink of an eye”, I laughed and shrugged it off. Little did I know, that the four best years of my life so far, also seem the shortest. Time goes by so fast, first days of school eventually turn into lasts and sooner than you know it, you’re submitting one last assignment into Google Classroom. Colonia High School is an amazing school, with a staff that truly cares about their students. They provide endless opportunities for every student to join in something interesting to them. 

Joining and participating in so many clubs and different activities contributed to my love for high school. Playing on the Colonia volleyball team for four years, brought me family, even at times of weakness. It taught me to always work hard for what you want, and to never stop working, even when you may have gotten what you want. Being a part of the Student Council connects me with so many individuals who inspire me; many who organize blood drives and dances all by themselves, to help the community.

Writing for the Declaration Newspaper helped me to creatively express myself every day. Starting the class sophomore year, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But Mrs. Allen provides such a safe and loving environment, where you can write and talk about anything that you want. Being a part of National Honor Society and other societies, and being able to tutor underclassmen has given me a new level of respect for teachers, and has inspired me to become a teacher. The Tomorrow’s Teachers class has given me field experience and a portfolio that I can use for my future education classes.

I have so many memories from the last four years, that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Senior Year

As much as I never thought that my senior year would end this way, I’m grateful that it did. Of course, I will miss seeing my friends in the hallways, and the anticipation of prom and prom weekend. I will even miss gym class when we would walk a mile in the blazing June heat. Or how stressed I would be over AP exams. But, I did a lot in my high school career. I can say that I am very proud of myself. I am grateful for all of the experiences that I’ve had, and all of the memories that I have made.

But I am also grateful that some of the best times were taken away from me. It will only make me appreciate the times to come – the new stresses about college and new classes, spending time with friends and enjoying every moment.

So, thank you Colonia High School. Thank you to the teachers and staff that have always believed in me and pushed me to succeed. To all of the friends that I have met, that have supported me and made so many amazing memories with me over the years. All of my coaches and teammates that helped me to achieve my dream of going on to play Division one volleyball. Colonia High School, thank you. 

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