June 14, 2022
It took me two years to get into the journalism elective class, but last year, it finally appeared on my schedule. The only problem was that I ended up spending my junior year learning online.
Despite the unique circumstances of the pandemic, the class was still as good as my brother Sebastian, a Class of 2019 graduate, said it would be.
My favorite contributions to The Lighthouse were my opinion pieces, but I liked illustrating as well. During my time on the staff, I shared my views on virtual snow days and vaccine mandates in addition to drawing iconic figures like professional basketball player Steph Curry and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Preparing for college makes me realize I’m growing up, but I don’t know if I’m completely ready yet. I have not selected a major, but I know exactly where I’ll be going, which is Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where my brother is an upcoming senior.
I am looking forward to furthering my education, but I wish I had more time in high school. Technically, I have only been in high school for two-and-a-half years, and it’s hard to have great memories of a place where I have spent so little time. Nevertheless, I will miss LHS just a little bit because of the people I have grown to love.
Thinking about college reminds me of when I first arrived in Lyndhurst as a sixth-grader. I enjoyed every moment of the past seven years in the district because I found caring peers like seniors Kane Walter Henrichsen, Richard Olenhaus, Sebastian Ribadeneira and Kyle Werner.
I am looking forward to furthering my education, but I wish I had more time in high school.
Not only have I made great friends, but I have had amazing teachers. I would like to thank Mr. Belmont for being one of my best English teachers and making class so enjoyable, math teacher Mr. Carucci for maintaining a positive outlook at all times, journalism teacher Ms. Pastor for being a thorough and caring educator and English teacher Mrs. Ruiz for being the most laid-back and fun teacher I have ever had.
When I started my journey at LHS, I did not realize how quickly time would pass. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to see what’s next for me because I look forward to all that is yet to come.