END OF THE YEAR
End of the year not far; blindingly bright
BY MARY SLADE DUKE and MARIA PROKOPOWICZ on June 5, 2014
As we close the school year, we cannot help but reflect on the memories we have all had here at Rose. Throughout high school, we all anticipate graduation. We spend so much time complaining about the strict rules, the soapless bathrooms and the sometimes boring classes we must endure for 90 minutes at a time.
Senior year, it only gets worse. It isn’t until the last few days of our high school career that we start to notice things that we might really miss. For example, there are teachers at Rose who are willing to be a best friend when no one else is there. We start to notice the faces of people we might never see again in our lives that we’ve been used to passing in hallways for the last four years. We think about the real world and how things are going to change. As with any situation, there are positives and negatives to graduating and embarking on a new adventure.
For me (Mary Slade), Rose has been an experience like none other. As a lot of you know, I moved here my freshman year and didn’t know anyone, literally. I had never attended public school, so that was enough to shock me when I stepped through the doors on the first day. Throughout my years at Rose, I’ve learned a lot about a lot of things. I’ve met so many new people and made friendships that I know will last. I’ve had a lot of things change which have only made me that much more thankful for the people I have met along the way. Teachers have helped me in and out of the classroom. Even on those mornings that I would dread waking up and walking into Rose, something at school always brought me happiness.
I could not imagine Rose without the people who have been there for me throughout my time at Rose. I’d like to personally thank Mrs. Knight for her sweet personality and entertaining classes and Ms. Noles for her friendship and advice.
For me (Maria), all I could think for the past four years was how ready and excited I was to leave Rose and get out of Greenville for college. At times, I thought I would be stuck in the labyrinth of Rose hallways, controlled by arbitrary rules of the school forever. However, the light at the end of tunnel is not far off, and it is blindingly bright.
After four years of fighting my way through numerous AP classes, getting beat up on the soccer field, and being bossed around by journalism editors, I have come out alive and confident that I am ready to face almost anything in Chapel Hill next year.
While the high school struggles I’ve faced have certainly been great preparation for college, what has made me the most ready are the people in my life. My parents, my coaches, my teachers and my best friends, Maddy, Erin, Lyda, Slade, Remigio, Adam and Paul have been the most instrumental factor in shaping me into who I am.
Together, we would like to thank our teachers, especially Mrs. Hutchinson. Journalism has been a part of our lives for all four years of high school. Hutch has been a constant part of our high school career, pushing us to work harder and ultimately achieve our goal of becoming editors in chief. Coming to journalism at the end of the day for the past four years has been one of our favorite aspects of attending Rose. We could not have made it through without you, Hutch.
It is impossible to say that Rose does not provide an excellent education or a plethora of opportunities for those willing to work for them. Anyone who wants to be successful at this school can do so with some effort. While we all love to hate Rose, we should never forget to appreciate it.