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The end of the 2021-2022 school year is finally here! Students are finishing up final exams and looking forward to summer break. Teachers are packing up their classrooms and putting their last grades in the grade book. This has been the most enjoyable year yet, and I am so thankful for all the memories and smiles this year has brought me!
To me, when I think back on this school year the word that comes to my mind is abundance. Abundance of laughter, abundance of stress, abundance of sports, abundance of pictures, abundance of events, abundance of tests, abundance of joy, abundance of friends, abundance of tears, abundance of memories, and abundance of a good God who graciously planned for each moment to ultimately bring himself the glory and further His Kingdom.
I think back to the many laughs shared among my friends in Mr. Bryd’s room. I think back to the confetti poppers and silly string used in the student section at football games and the sweet memories shared on the volleyball court. I think back to the times when my friends and I all stressed out together over a test or a project, but overall I think back to a year filled with joy! I have loved every second of my junior year. It brought me so many smiles and happy moments that I would not trade for anything.
As you probably noticed this year through reading my article, Water Valley High School was busy. From homecoming week to the talent show and from Who’s Who to prom, schedules never failed to be full. There was constantly an event or a sport underway. Students continuously showed out inside and outside of the classroom. However, student’s success from this year would not have been possible without the teachers, coaches, and administrators who guided us and supported us throughout the year. We, as students, owe them so much and truly are very thankful for them and what they do.
I started this article off at the beginning of the year by talking about community. I mentioned how I love the way this town keeps community at the center of everything. I think since I started writing this column, I have been able to experience even more community than I ever have before and I am so grateful for that. I am honestly in awe of the way our town comes together to support each other, whether that be at high school games or street dances. I am beyond blessed to call Water Valley and Water Valley High School “home” not just because it is the place where I have grown up but because it is the place where everyone becomes family. It is the place where you can’t walk outside without seeing someone you know, the place where you celebrate each other’s achievements, and the place where you truly feel welcomed and loved.
As I finish up my last article for the school year, I want to say thank you. Thank you for not just supporting me and my writing, but for supporting each and every student at WVHS. Thank you for celebrating with them in their awards and encouraging them in their losses. Thank you for faithfully showing up and showing out at our events and games. Thank you for cheering, chanting, and guiding us. You do not know how much it means to me and the rest of the student body to know that we have a town behind us that wants the very best for us. This article has provided me with so much happiness and I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to share a little bit of life inside the blue and white with you all. This year has been hectic but honestly so much fun and I cannot wait to see what is next! To sum everything up, I want to end with the same words each student hears over the morning announcements every single day: Choose to be a champion today and everyday here on the campus of Water Valley High School. I hope this encourages you and sticks with you throughout your summer!