While recently waiting in line at my local Sunoco gas station, I couldn’t help but notice the man in front of me dealing with the cashier. As he handed over his $4.67 to purchase a gallon of milk and some gum, a beam of reflected light darted before my eyes. Its source: a sizable emerald ring with the phrase "Class of '78, One for the Ages" inscribed along the upper brass border. Taking heart to the words rather than the tough gemstone, I started thinking... was this man's class really one for the ages, or was that just the best tag line their grade could think of to describe their four year tenure? As I pondered this question moving up in line, I started to think about my own class. Yet no questioning was done with it, for mine certainly fit the slogan.
First let's start with academics; after all that is the whole point of coming to school you know, to get an education? Now most grades are smart, but we're not like most grades. Setting the record for highest number of kids eligible, GPA wise, to apply to the National Honors Society, our class packs a punch in the classroom. With nearly half the students in our entire grade taking at least one AP class, close to a dozen scoring over 2000 on their SAT, and almost our entire class set to further pursue our education at the collegiate level, I don't think much more needs to be said... the class of 2016 is experienced at hitting the books.
Next on the list are extracurricular activities, with athletics at the forefront. Both individually and in regard to the teams themselves, we have quite the resume to say the least. Whether it's holding the state record in the 200-meter dash, being recruited by the Jim Harbaugh, scoring 1,000 points by junior season, or producing numerous college-bound athletes; individually, you can't ask for much more. As for team sports, I'll put it this way... we have ten boys varsity sports teams offered at our high school; seven of them have legitimate chances to win state titles this year. Think about that for a second. But it doesn't stop there. We also have a nationally ranked quiz bowl team, band, and second-to-none drama department. Whether it’s running on the track, marching on the field, or acting on the stage; we have it all.
Lastly comes the topic of legacy. When talking about things will have left behind for this school, its tough to know where to start. By reinvigorating our school student section, we have significantly increased the attendance to many of our school sporting events. Student activity levels have also increased greatly due to the numerous creations of new school clubs. Yet, most importantly, we have instilled a mindset to our underclassmen. Before, rowdiness and lack of effort were applauded amongst the masses. Now, school sprit, enthusiasm, respect, effort, and intelligence are rewarded. While still keeping things entertaining and comical in different ways that the past, our class has truly done things right.
After reflecting upon all our accomplishments, I further support my instinctual assumption at the Sunoco that our class is worthy of being deemed “one for the ages”. With each and every student having something to offer in our grade, it is hard not to appreciate us. With that said, hopefully decades from now some kid will spot me out somewhere flaunting my class reputation, only with the slogan “Class of 2016, You’re Welcome” carved into the border instead.