Senior’s Thoughts On Graduating


Ashton Mckinney

Senior Michael Cox waves good-bye to Arlington High School

A. McKinney, staff reporter/photographer

The 2019 year is coming to an end, and many students can feel the excitement of summer as it’s just around the corner. For freshman, sophomores, and juniors the end of the school year signals a time of relaxing and three months of just having fun, but the story is different for seniors. The end of the year for seniors can be like saying good-bye to a friend you’ve had for as long as you could remember. Seniors may be sad to say good-bye to AHS, but it provides a multitude of opportunities for these students to become what they want to be.

However, there are some seniors who are excited to finally be leaving school. Nick Kendall is one senior who falls under this category, although he will still miss some aspects of AHS. Kendall says he would probably miss Mr. Schilaty and Mr. Keeley’s classes the most, as “they are funny as hell.” Although he will thoroughly miss these two teachers, Nick looks forward to “not having to wake up at 7:00 am every morning.” Looking towards the future, Kendall hopes that he will fulfill his dream of being a videographer in the PAC-12 Division for College Basketball, or possibly making it to the NBA level.

Senior Zac Wilch will also miss the fun times he had with his friends and his teachers. One such teacher is Mr. Marsh. Wilch describes Marsh as “being the oracle of AHS,” due to the fact of how well Marsh interacted with his students and how much he helped him throughout the year. However, it will be tough for Wilch to graduate because he won’t be seeing his friends that much anymore. “After I graduate, I won’t be able to see them every day.” One day, Wilch would love to be a plumber, because”you make a lot of money, and it is a fairly easy job to learn.” Annually, plumbers on average make around $49,000, (“Sweet Smell of Money for Plumbers – The New York Times”).

For senior Michael Cox, this will be his first and final year here at AHS. After only staying one year here at AHS, Cox wasn’t here long enough to build a relationship with any teachers, but he did make friends in his short time here. “I’ll miss my friend Will Shoemaker because the funniest memories I’ve had at this school is because of him.” Coming out of high school, Cox hopes to join the military and to specifically be a part of the infantry unit.

At the end of the day, it’s just the end of another school year for freshman, sophomores, and juniors. But seniors will be presented to a whole new spectrum of freedom and jobs that will help propel their future. Looking back on her AHS experience, Jenaea Brunson has some advice that she wants to carry on to younger classes. “Lower class men should participate in events going around AHS as much as they can because you will only take high school once.”