The school year is almost ending here at Maryvale High School and the students are more than thrilled for summer vacation. Our class of 2017, however, has experienced all their four years of high school and in once week they will be walking on  stage for that long awaited diploma. These four years of procrastination, late nights doing homework, presentations, loss of friendships and unforgettable times have created what we call the real high school experience. for the most part, many of us have learned that high school was not like high school musical where Troy and Gabriella fell in love in an instant and lunch time meant time for singing on the tables with your whole class. We can try but all we would get is a referral from security… All the moments we have spent in high school were either dreaded or appreciated and as a senior, personally, I feel very anxious now that this is coming to an end. Students all over campus talk about how they feel now that their time in high school is over.

Maryvale Student, Jennifer Gonzalez, remarks on her emotions knowing that graduation is right around the corner and many of us will be walking into the real world. “I feel really excited for graduation because it’s all I’ve been looking for since freshmen year. I am also really thrilled to see what life has in store for me and I am so ready for the college experience!” Its time for many of these seniors to start making important choices in their life that can impact their future which is why these students might feel a lot of pressure leaving high school. “I am going to the University of Arizona which means I will be moving to Tucson. This might only be a few hours away from Phoenix but this is a big step for me because I will be independent and I will have to experience a whole new environment. It might seem scary but I usually just think positive because at the end of the day, I know that good things are coming my way,” says Jennifer.

Thinking about the future makes graduates realize how quick the years went by where it seemed like it was just yesterday that they were walking around the halls not knowing where their English class was at nor did they know how the real world was really like. The many lessons Maryvale students have learned have helped them become the prepared individuals they are today. You can learn how to find the area of a circle or how to write a thesis but the lessons these students have carried on are those about life and how it works. Student, Miguel Haro, speaks of one of the most important lessons he has learned throughout his high school years. “You never know what another person is going through. You might see them in the hall ways looking some sort of way whether its joy or unhappiness, but you don’t really know the experiences they have been through. This is why it’s so important to be kind to others and respect one another no matter what.” These life lessons have helped students understand one another and hopefully class of 2017 is one to start the evolution of this generation.

Details about graduation:

May 25th, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum

1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007