Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar: Kate’s Senior Sign-Off

It feels so surreal. Senior year is over in just nine days. As a kid I dreamed of what it would be like in high school. The classes, friends, boyfriends, prom, graduation, and more. However, my senior year did not turn out anything like how I thought it would. COVID turned our worlds upside down. No one knew how this year would turn out. Would we even go back to school in-person? Would we have sports? Prom? Graduation? 

However, we ended up being able to have all of those things! After the first semester when we had school all virtual, it didn’t look good. Despite that though, we began school with Plan B. Then a few weeks after that we went back fully in-person. Meanwhile we were already having sports games; that students were allowed to attend. Then we found out we could have prom, and graduation. A few days before prom we also found out that we didn’t have to have the time slots and no masks since we were outside and the mask mandate was lifted. 

Going back a little bit, when we found out that we were going to be all virtual for the first semester of Senior year, I also found out that I would not be able to take Newspaper. I was extremely upset. When I found out my junior year that I could take it both semesters my senior year, I was thrilled. Newspaper has been my favorite class since I first took it in the first semester of my junior year. However, when I found out that I could take it second semester, and be in-person, I was beyond thrilled. 

Newspaper is by far one of the best classes, in my opinion, for many reasons. The people are so kind, and fun to be around, Mrs. McGee is an amazing teacher and leader, and it’s helped me find a love for writing and get better at it as well. Before I took Newspaper I thought writing was fun, but it wasn’t my favorite. However, after taking it I found a new love for writing about different topics that interest me and may be intriguing to other people as well. 

My only wish is that I had taken this class Sophomore year as well. The only reason that I didn’t is because I didn’t have room in my schedule. I definitely recommend taking this class if you have the room in your schedule! I almost didn’t take it myself but when my schedule junior year got messed up, Mrs. McGee had my back and let me join the class; I am so grateful she did, not only for the amazing experience these past two years, but also because it got me out of AP Biology. 

I would like to thank all of my friends and family for getting me where I am today. I would also like to thank Mrs. McGee for all of her help, kindness, and guidance throughout my four years at Apex. Whenever I had a problem or question about something I knew I could go to her. It meant so much to me to have someone who I knew I could always go to. So thank you to all of the Legacy members and Mrs. McGee for making my years at Apex so memorable! 

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