During the last few weeks of the school year, we’re showcasing members of the Class of 2019 with Senior Spotlights. These students were selected in collaboration with the Ichabod Crane High School faculty and administration, but the entire Class of 2019 is an incredible group of young adults. We are so proud of each and every one of them. Look for a few more Senior Spotlights in the remaining weeks of June.
What was the best thing about being a senior?
The best thing about senior year was realizing how great the friendships I made were and spending so much time with the people I knew I would be missing extremely soon. I was less stressed when it came to my schoolwork so that gave me the ability to enjoy my last year in high school a lot.
What was the worst or most challenging thing about being a senior?
Being sad and happy at the same time. Sad because I will be leaving everyone and everything, and happy because I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to start my new life for so long and it’s finally here.
The finish line is so close in senior year of high school. Did senioritis ever kick in at any point?
It kicked in big time. Once my first college acceptance came in I felt ready to leave and every single one of my classes was not been my biggest priority this year. However, it was kind of nice to not feel as stressed about school considering if I missed one day during freshman to junior year, I’d feel like my life was over.
Now that you’ve reached that finish line, what advice would you give to incoming Ichabod freshman?
I would tell the freshman to try and find the perfect balance between school work and fun. Also, don’t stress over every assignment. If not handing in one homework assignment means your mental health will be ten times better, do it.
In your time at Ichabod, who were those staff members (teachers or otherwise) who made a lasting positive impact on you?
Mrs. Torre definitely had the largest impact on it. I get tears in my eyes just thinking about the moment I will have to say goodbye to her. She has been by my side forever and watching her walk down the hall at 7:30 AM today chanting “SENIORS SENIORS” made me rethink my outlook on the whole day.
Mr. Shull as well because you can just tell how much he cares about each and every one of his students when he walks down the halls and picks-up a pre-existing conversation with everyone he sees.
Finally, Mr. Farley, because he allows his classes to be a space for kids to not always feel high pressure and relax after having a stressful day.
For the first time in a while, you’re not coming back to Ichabod in September. What does the fall look like for you?
In the fall I will be attending Virginia Tech as an architecture major while minoring in sustainable cities and entrepreneurship. I will also be living in a living-learning community that focuses on diverse conversation and integration of different types of people.
I am very excited for my next five years at this school, and though I am sad to leave ICC, I am grateful for every opportunity it has given me.