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(Photo by Tori Boorstein)

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By Tori Boorstein, Highland Park

Here we are at the end of the road. For those of you who have been following me on my journey through senior year, this is my farewell and thank you to you. After all the high points and pitfalls of the year, we’ve finally made it. On May 26, 2016, I transformed from the sometimes stressed, always spirited HPHS Giant and into an immediately nostalgic, very reminiscent HPHS alum.

How. Weird.

The day couldn’t have been more beautiful for our graduation. The sunny weather reflected on my last four years perfectly, which incidentally bummed me out a little. So far, high school has been the time of my life. Even on my last night, from the graduation ceremony to the all class after party at Enchanted Castle (an indoor amusement park) to the roaring bonfire on the beach as we watched the sun rise, everything was perfect. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend the night with anyone else or anyone less than all 523 of my classmates. Though I’m sad to close the “calling for Dad downstairs to check my homework” and “you cannot be in the hall without a pass” time in my life, I feel I’m finally ready to move onto the next chapter. Next year we will all go our separate ways, and it would be foolish to think that the connection of our high school will hold us all together, but I’m beyond thankful for the time I’ve had with everyone.

And being able to blog about my last moments of, essentially what is my childhood, was beyond special. I now have documentation of my thoughts and feelings during the exact moments of time I was experiencing such notable events throughout the year. It’s nice to know I will be able to look back and read my “Lack of Motivation” post during finals and envy my second semester senior self for being able to have senioritis.

College will be big, bigger than anything I’ve experienced thus far, but I’m lucky to have graduated from a high school that has prepared me to grab the reigns and take on the beast myself. So for now, this is me signing off and thanking you all for 9 months of unwavering support. Whoever you are, that is. Wish me luck!

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