Do you remember your first day of kindergarten when you were just 5? Most of us do not, but I certainly do! It was exciting because you finally got to go and play with other kids.
But then years go by, and school gets less exciting until finally you reach the big one -- your senior year! Your 13th year of school and it's finally almost over. Like most teens, you were probably so excited to finally be finished ... but then that last week comes and graduation is just days away and suddenly it hits you. You realize that the routine you have had for 13 years is about to end, and all the people you have seen every day, you will be lucky to see even once a month.
If you are like me and the others in my senior class, you went from being excited to graduate to also being very sad. As I took a walk down the hallowed halls of my school one final time, it felt like the end of a life, but in reality it was the beginning.
Some of our TX. staff have just completed their final moments of high school too, but what are their plans now? Let's take a look at what the TX. Class of 2012 has to say about their high school experience.
-- Austin Miller-Anderson Ben Lomond High
What's next? I will be attending one semester of college at Dixie State then leaving for a two-year mission for my church.
What are three things you'll remember most about high school? I will always remember the amazing time I had at all the dances, the amazing friends I made, and the influence I had as a leader in cross-country track, and other activities.
What was your favorite year of high school? My favorite year of high school would have to be my senior year. It was the toughest of all the school years for me but also the most rewarding.
What do you want to be able to brag about at your 10-year high school reunion? I would want to be able to brag about my family at my high school reunion. I personally can't wait to be a father. I also would like to be able to brag about my job and how much I love it!
If there was a movie made of your life, who would play you? I would probably have George Lucas play me. I know he isn't an actor by any means but, he closely resembles a figure and personality that I possess and also a position in society I hope to one day have.
What's next? Weber State University
What was your favorite year of high school? I don't know if I would really call senior year my favorite, but it was definitely my most memorable. The year was so hectic with classes, the yearbook and the school newspaper, getting ready for college, and applying for scholarships -- along with just trying to graduate. All of my other years were fun too, but this is the one that has shaped me most.
What are three things you'll remember most about high school? Midnight trips to IHOP, being the editor of my school's paper, and making new, memorable and lasting friendships.
If there was a movie made of your life, who would play you? Although we don't look much alike, I would love Aubrey Plaza (April from "Parks and Recreation") to be me in a movie about my life. The characters she plays are awesome and I am attempting to master her perfectly deadpan sarcasm.
What's next? College at Utah Valley University.
If I could go through high school over again, the one thing I would change is: Even if you paid me all the money in the world, I would not go back to high school.
What was your favorite year of high school? Senior, as I had the most amount of art classes and the least amount of math classes.
My advice to the teachers at my school as they continue with new students: Don't take advice from high school students!
If I could create one invention to make the world a better place it would be ... The Question Avoider. It would allow anyone an easy way to weasel out of silly questions.
What's next? This summer I will go on various vacations with friends to live up my last summer. Next I will be attending Weber State this fall and then transferring to the U to finish my degree.
If I could go through high school over again, the one thing I would change is: I'd make it a point to smile every day.
What was your favorite year of high school? My favorite year of school would have to have been freshman year. We were so little and didn't understand what we were getting ourselves into for the next four years.
My advice to the teachers at my school as they continue with new students: Be tougher on students, don't be so easy with makeup work. I'll never forget when my sixth-grade teacher told us how tough high school was gonna be and how they would not except junk for work -- but they did.
St. Joseph Catholic High
What's next? Attending Sewanee -- The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
What was your favorite year of high school? Sophomore; I felt like I owned the school but I didn't have too many responsibilities.
What are three things that you will always remember about high school? My volleyball team, my crazy and wonderful calculus teacher Dr. Serbinowska, and Jayweek festivities.
If I could go through high school over again, the one thing I would change is ... Nothing. Everything turned out exactly how it should.
If there was a movie made of your life, who would play you? I would like Camilla Belle to play me, because I love all of the roles she has played and she would suit my personality well.
What's next? Snow College in the fall.
What are three things you'll remember most about high school? I will never forget traveling down to St. George with the marching band to compete in the Red Rocks Competition, Friday night football games, and most of all, I'll never forget seeing one of my best friends being crowned Homecoming Queen in her marching band uniform at our homecoming game!
What was your favorite year of high school? I loved the whole ride, but if I had to narrow it down to just one year I'd say my junior year because you've figured out "how high school works," unlike your sophomore friends, but you don't have all the responsibility of being a senior and all the stress that comes with that. Plus our basketball and football team did GREAT that year, and the games were soooo much fun to watch!
If there was a movie made of your life, who would play you? Me of course, because I am pretty sure no one else could pull off all my weird quirks ... and if they could, I'd be pretty freaked out!
Bear River High
What's next? Europe! I've saved for four years to be able to go with my French class this June. I'm so stinking excited, I could puke jelly beans! And I get to play Cosette in Top of Utah Entertainment's production of "Les Miserables," and I could definitely explode from excitement about that if I didn't need to be in one piece to do it! Then, of course, college at Weber State University. That's exciting too, but not nearly so much as everything else.
What was your favorite year of high school? Junior. I didn't need to worry about college and all the super (not) fun stuff that that entails. Also, I had the school figured out and I knew where I fit in the scheme of things, so I always felt like I had a place to belong and people that cared about me.
What are three things you'll remember most about high school? Cheeto runs in choir that always led to laughter and dirty looks from the teacher, singing way too loud and off-key till everyone glared during lunch, and hiding a Halloween foot in the FCCLA class room.
If I could go through high school over again, the one thing I would change is: Get involved! I so wish I had told my freshman self to run for student government. Yeah, it's pretty much a popularity contest, but at the same time, there's never any harm in trying, and sometimes trying is the most fun!
What's next? Honors College at the University of Utah (Early Assurance Program)
If there was a movie made of your life, who would play you? Well, I love Rachel McAdams. But probably Lea Michelle because we kind of look a like, I guess.
What was your favorite year of high school? Senior year. Each year got better. By the time senior year rolled around I was confident in myself and just doing my best to enjoy life and school.
My advice to the teachers at my school as they continue with new students: Please give them the support and encouragement you gave to me. You have no idea how inspirational you are.
Ben Lomond High
What's next? College, volunteer work and I will hopefully be publishing my book soon!
What are three things you'll remember most about high school? All of my amazing friends, hanging out in the halls, and seeing my favorite teachers every day, especially Mrs. Becnel, my amazing English teacher!
What was your favorite year of high school? Sophomore. I had the most fun during that year and it was like a whole new world when I started high school.
If there was a movie made of your life, who would play you? Russell Brand because he's hilarious,. He is random, I love his accent and in all of his movies he is rich and has everything I could ever want.
What do you want to be able to brag about at your 10-year high school reunion? That I accomplished my goals, completed college, and hopefully that I have had a book or two published.