One Of The Hardest Goodbyes

By Sydney Newcomb

The last four years of high school have definitely been some of the best. From the Friday night lights, to winning prom queen, to spirit week, to even the late night study sessions, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I never thought the day would come where I would walk that stage and proudly grab that diploma. May 21st quickly approaching, saying goodbye to the place that built me is right around the corner. Not only is it the school, but the people and the facility that made this place so memorable.

Having meet some of my best friends throughout these hallways is something so special. Knowing that I may not see them for months to years is hard to comprehend, but true friendships will last a lifetime. Not only the friends i’ve met along the way, but the teachers that have shaped and pushed me along the way to prepare me for college, i will forever be grateful for. I may not be so thankful when I had a ten page paper for than class, but looking back, all it was doing was getting me ready for the future.

Growing up I always heard “you’ll miss it when you’re gone” and “don’t wish it away, it’s the best four years of your life.” At times it hard to not wish your in your thirties with a cute little family. I’ve definitely learned as senior year comes to a close that those times I did wish away, I would go back in a heartbeat. I’d much rather be studying for a silly little test rather than worrying about what college I’m going to.

One of the hardest things to comprehend is all the “last” I’m experiencing. Not only my last day year, but my last prom, My last fun day, my last day as a James River Knight. Being part of not only such a great school but community, makes it that much harder to say goodbye. Bittersweet is the only word I know how to describe how it feels. Although I’m definitely excited to move on and continue with my future, James River has made such a strong impact on me in the four short years I’ve been here.

Not everything was exactly “High School Musical” expectations though. Of course I faced challenges along the way, some that stopped me dead in my tracks. I fought through some of the hardest things I ever thought I’d face throughout my junior and senior year, but that didn’t stop me from making the most of every second.

I may not miss the girls bathroom, but the impact you made on me the past four years are unforgettable. The time spent getting ready in the locker rooms for home games, preparing for America night for Friday nights, and watching the teacher talent show will all be greatly missed. So thank you, James River HIgh School for every minute of my high school career. Although I’m going to miss this school, I’m definitely looking forward to what my future holds!