Senior year consists of a lot of lasts. One day, you will be at your last homecoming, your last game with your team, taking your last test, receiving your last report card, dressing out for weights for the very last time, and eating your last high school lunch. One day, you will have your last wild Saturday night with all of your friends. And then one day you will close your locker for the very last time and never come back. Then, you will be lined up in your cap and gown along with the people you watched grow up as your family and friends watch you walk across that stage with the paper in your hand that you have worked 12 long years to get. After that, you won’t see or hear from most of those people again. Eventually, the memories you have made will fade until you come across an old picture that brings you back to the good old days when everything was simple and you had not a worry in the world. One day you will be packing up your bags and hugging your parents goodbye. One day you will no longer be in high school.
A lot of these “one days” have already happened for most of us while some are soon to happen. And you might ask yourself: “Where did the time go?” It seems like yesterday we stepped into this school as scared little freshmen for the very first time thinking four years would last a lifetime. But here we are so close to the end. It’s been a great four years class of 2018.
It only took us four years but this year we were named class of the year.
Homecoming week was a great start to our last year at Lowry. We started the week climbing up to the W on Winnemucca Mountain. We painted it white and most of us probably got painted in the process as well. Monday was Senior Sunrise. We woke up when it was still dark, took our blankets to the football field and chilled with our friends as the sun rose. Sadly, it was a little more cloudy than sunny but that didn’t stop us from having a good time.
Our girls won their fourth powder puff game. Our last homecoming was Disneyland themed. We dressed up in blue and pink. On Wednesday our boys competed in their last he-man volleyball games. It did not go too well and the sophomores eliminated our hopes of winning in the first game. At least they looked good doing it. On ‘Toy Story’ day we dressed up as cowboys and then on future self day we dressed up in clothes that represented our future careers. On Friday we watched our last home football game. Cade Billingsley and Shelby Garrison were crowned Homecoming king and queen. On Saturday we watched our girls play their last home volleyball match. Later that night, we all got dressed up and danced the night away to finish our last homecoming.
A few months later we celebrated our last Winterfest. Fifties was the theme and Monday we came dressed up as T-birds and Pink Ladies. Tuesday was jocks versus nerds. On Wednesday we dressed up as our favorite 50s icon and Thursday we dressed up as vintage tourists. Friday we dressed up in our last blue and gold day and cheered on our basketball teams in their last home games. Victor Rosas and Hannah Roberts were crowned Winterfest king and queen.
As always, prom was a magical night. The theme was On the Boardwalk and Prom royalty was Vanessa Diaz and Joe Peterson.
June 1 was senior ditch day. Most of us packed up some towels and some sunscreen and drove out to Rye Patch for one last hoorah. We spent the day and night with the people we grew up with.
The class of 2018 is special. We are the millennium babies, well, most of us anyway. We are the class that will never have problems forgetting how old we are. Fifty years ago Lowry High School opened its doors for the very first time. Being the 50th graduating class at Lowry is a pretty cool thing. The first class of Lowry was given a tour of the high school this year to see how much it has changed. Imagine 50 years from now we could be the ones walking through the halls where we grew up one more time.
As we walk up those steps today and receive our diplomas, we end this chapter of our lives. For some of us this will have been the best years of our lives. For others, graduation has been something we have been longing for since we walked through those doors for the first time four years ago. Now that it is all over, good luck to you all on whatever your next chapter holds. Have fun, enjoy life, and go make some more great memories.