Senior Tributes

Sophia Barillas, podcaster

June 13, 2022

Nobody anticipates moving to a new school district their senior year, but I wouldn’t change a thing about my journey. Kearny High School and LHS will forever be my homes. 

The lessons I’ve learned, the tears I’ve shed and the long nights I’ve spent doing homework have all led to this moment, and I’m so excited to see what the future holds for the Class of 2022 and me. 

We entered ninth grade like every other freshman class: naive, overjoyed and ready to take on the next four years. Unfortunately, halfway through our sophomore year, Covid-19 drove us into lockdown. This was a dark phase for my loved ones and me, but it taught me not to take anything or anyone for granted, and that is a lesson I will keep with me for the rest of my life. 

I am grateful our class was able to live out our senior year to its fullest. We’ve enjoyed a year full of in-person extracurricular club meetings and sports games. We were also able to participate in LHS’ traditions, which include Homecoming Week, the Powder Puff Game and the Project Graduation Fashion Show. 

Behind every good student is a team of good teachers, and I want to take some time to mention the LHS teachers whom I will remember for a lifetime. 

I am grateful our class was able to live out our senior year to its fullest.

Ms. Pastor, thank you for teaching me skills I will use in college and beyond. Seeing the dedication that Ms. Pastor puts into the journalism program has encouraged me to continue working towards what I love most. 

In Ms. Pastor’s class, I learned interviewing skills, my writing has improved and my confidence has skyrocketed. I would never have imagined that I’d host the “LHS Sports World” podcast, but that is exactly what I did. 

I’d also like to thank my statistics teacher, Mr. Carucci. Every A and C Day, I looked forward to learning in the welcoming environment of his classroom. It makes a big difference when your teacher loves their job, as Mr. Carucci does. 

When Mr. Carucci announced he would soon become a father, tears came to my eyes because I am sure he is going to be a wonderful parent. 

The last four years have been amazing, and even though the thought of moving on is frightening, I’m ready for bigger and better things. I carry forward with me all the highs and lows, the laughs and hugs. I wish my teachers and classmates luck in their future endeavors, and I know our LHS roots will connect us forever.

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