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“Last” Means a New Beginning

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Eleven months and twenty-five days ago, I scrambled to throw my things in to my backpack.  Usually, I would be getting the guys together so we could go get lunch at Speedy Subs or The Chowder House, but today was different.  Today was a milestone that I would never forget, and one that would decide where my life was going after graduation.  That day I sat down at a table in our school’s library, surrounded by family, friends, coaches and staff.  Next to me was Jalon McCullough, the school’s star basketball player, and together we both fulfilled our dreams of competing in our sports at the college level by signing our National Letters of Intent.

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NLI Signing at Monroe Catholic HS – April 2015

I would bet that you can remember any of those milestones from your own senior year, or just life in general.  Those moments where you thought “This is why I worked.  This is why it took all of that time. Just to get to this moment and feel that even for a few seconds, it has all come full circle.”  However, these moments do not last forever.  I thanked all those who supported me and served as role models.  I signed my NLI, hugged my parents, coaches, and friends, and it was over.  By making my decision, I finally began seeing myself leaving it all behind.  So because I had accomplished what I had set to do in the years before, I now had to give it all up?  The “lasts” of my life started becoming milestones too.

Eleven months and twenty-seven days ago, I went to my last prom.

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Boys from the MCHS Class of 2015 – April 2015

Eleven months and fifteen days ago, we had our last day with our kindergarten buddies (who are now first graders!).

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Halea and Emma pose for the camera! – May 2015

Eleven months and nine days ago, I had my last day as Student Body President and swore in my successor.

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Haley Michelle becomes the new Student Body President – May 2015

Ten months and thirty days ago, I put on my cap and gown, received my diploma, and had my last day at Monroe Catholic High School.

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Jackson Wallace, Lucas Button, and myself get ready to take the stage. – May 2015

Last. Last. Last. Last.

Seven months and thirty days ago, I had my last day in Fairbanks.  Followed by my first flight to Seattle to get to Lacey.  Seven months and twenty-nine days ago, I had my first practice with my new Saint Martin’s Saints cross country team.

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New teammates! – August 2015

Seven months and twenty-four days ago, I had my first service project at the Olympia Children’s Museum with all of the first-year students for Incipio, our orientation program.

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Morgan Erickson, Amanda Grengs, Jona Spiller and myself take a moment before a day of service! – August 2015

 

Six months and twenty-six days ago, I went to the Washington State Fair for the first time.

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Myself, Claire Palmiter, Cameron Devine, Melissa Roth, and Tamera Ramsay after a fun day in Puyallup – September 2015

Five months and fourteen days ago, I had my first article published in the school newspaper.

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“Wait, you actually want snow?” in The Belltower – November 2015

First. First. First. First.

The saying “when one door closes, another door opens” comes to mind.  These doors were going to close and there was nothing I could do about it.  I had to go out and find the doors that were opening, and that meant leaving home.  If you are about to leave home in a few months, take in your lasts! You earned them!  Then know that there are many firsts around the corner… maybe even at Saint Martin’s.