Senior Tributes

Angelena Barcia, editor

June 9, 2020

“This is it!” is what musical director Mrs. Ruiz always says during musical season, but now I’m saying it about my senior year. As I’m writing my last article, I am thinking about everything I have been through during the past four years of high school. Writing this is definitely bringing tears to my eyes. 

First off, being on The Lighthouse staff for three years made me realize what I want to pursue in the future. My sophomore year of high school is the year that I will definitely treasure forever because it was the year I found what I enjoyed, the winter musical and journalism. Both of these activities allowed me to make a lot of friends whom I will always keep close to my heart. 

Growing up, I watched a lot of movies about characters in high school, but quite honestly, LHS was nothing like the movies. However, there were moments when I felt like Cher Horowitz, the protagonist from the 1995 teen romantic comedy “Clueless.”  I felt like Cher in the sense that she was a kindhearted teenager who showed viewers you should always work on improving yourself and being true to yourself. 

Each year of high school taught me something new. 

Freshman year was my “Here’s to new beginnings” year, sophomore year was my “Miss Independent” year, junior year was my “Believe it or not” year and lastly, senior year was my “Don’t give up” year. While these designations may not make sense to my readers, they make perfect sense to me. 

My sophomore year is the year of high school I will definitely treasure forever because it was the year I found what I enjoyed, the winter musical and journalism.

The thought of leaving LHS makes me sad, but I know there is a world full of opportunities awaiting me. I’m a person who loves meeting new people and living the life of my dreams, so I can’t wait to experience all there is to come.

I have a lot of wonderful memories from homecoming, football games, prom and even just silly moments in my classes. These are all moments I will always cherish, even though I know it’s time to move on. 

In the 1986 teen comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the main character Ferris says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” He was right, and this quote has stuck with me since my best friend introduced me to the movie when we were 14 years old. Shoutout to you, Jenna Freitas

I’m fortunate to say I am ending high school with the four best friends I started with, and that makes me beyond happy. They say you always learn who your true friends are in high school, and senior year made me realize those who will always be there for me. 

Thank you to everyone who made my high school experience so special and memorable. 

I’ll end with the wise words of Winnie the Pooh: “How lucky am I, having something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

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