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 one more Senior Spotlight in the remaining weeks of June.
What was the best thing about being a senior?
The best part of being a senior was the sense of camaraderie I shared with my classmates this year. Most of the people graduating with me have been a part of my class since primary school, yet in this past year, I feel that we have all grown closer together. It may be related to the fact that we are all moving on but I feel like I have gotten to know everyone so much better. The fact that we are all leaving has strangely opened the door to conversations with different people and formed deep, new friendships.
What was the worst or most challenging thing about being a senior?
The most challenging part of senior year for me was choosing a college. Unlike many of my classmates, it took me right up until the final week to make a decision about where I was going. It was definitely a process that I’m glad is behind me, but looking back I realize I made it more difficult than it had to be.
The finish line is so close in senior year of high school. Did senioritis ever kick in at any point?
For sure. I have definitely found it difficult to stay motivated. Once I decided where I was going next year it finally hit me that we were leaving. When I got to that point I realized that I was really in an odd sort of transition period where I was ready to move on but I still had to continue with my usual schoolwork.
Now that you’ve reached that finish line, what advice would you give to incoming Ichabod freshman?
Don’t overthink it. The phrase is worn out but your four years in high school really do fly by. I remember being a freshman and spending a lot of time on school work and letting small things stress me out. My best advice would be to work hard but also to enjoy yourself. Get involved with something that you enjoy doing and stick with it. I’ve made some of my greatest friends through doing different activities and trying new things. Your time in high school is what you make it, so try to have as much fun as you can and let those little things roll off your back.
In your time at Ichabod, who were those staff members (teachers or otherwise) who made a lasting positive impact on you?
This is so hard because I have had many impactful and amazing teachers.
- Ms. Muth, my Earth Science teacher, made me excited about glaciers and taught me not to be afraid to ask questions.
- Mr. Goold, who had truly unique classroom experiences, with an unforgettable sword.
- Mr. Chiap, an all-around kind person with the most amazing stories.
- Ms. Knight woke us up in the morning, kept us on our toes and called us out if we deserved it.
- Mr. Bulan, a musical genius. who taught me that there is always room to do better.
- Ms. Duffek, who never fails to look on the bright side.
- Mr. Cangemi, who tried his very best even when the odds were against him.
- Ms. Yearwood, who keeps the school from falling apart.
- Ms. Yeats, who put up with my craziness and never failed to make me smile. Humanities was, for sure, my favorite class in high school.
- Mr. Sanger, the best person to ask the opinion of because he always tells exactly what he thinks. He made me a better writer and a deeper thinker.
- Ms. Torre, simply the sweetest most cheerful woman you will ever meet.
- And, Mr. Barford, an extraordinary teacher who cares passionately about each of his students and has the warmest heart. Ichabod Crane has an incredible staff and I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to be surrounded by such loving people.
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 the State University of Geneseo. I plan to pursue a major in English and Adolescent Education. I am very excited about what lies ahead but I will always remember my time at Ichabod Crane.