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Senior reflects on years past while preparing grad slideshow

While looking at photographs and thinking back on my life, the multitude of images brings back memories so vivid it’s as if they were on a television screen. Now I need to take all those images and create a slideshow — that’s my job.

As one of the representatives for the senior class, I’ve been assigned to create a slideshow that will play at graduation. The presentation will show my class’ experience at Horizon throughout the years. This year we are the smallest class in the high school (our class motto is “quality over quantity” — seriously) which is great; now I have enough time to showcase everyone’s personality and who we are as a class.

I’ll admit that I’m one of the nerdy kids who’s Facebook friends with some of my old teachers, but social media has been a valuable asset in getting all of the photos together. Since the photos are already on the computer, I don’t have to scan and upload about 100 pictures on to my computer.

My goal for the slideshow is to evoke at least a little bit of emotion from whoever is watching it, to let them see who we are and hopefully make them laugh, because there’s definitely an abundance of funny photos. That’s kind of how our class is; we’re a fun group.

The biggest challenge I’ve had with the slideshow is equally representing everyone in my class. Just like any other high school class we’ve had people come and go over the years, so I’ve had to do a lot of catch up work with the photos. Especially since Jacob Wells joined our class junior year and Mariah Nilson came this year.

In the process of adding the photos, I’ve noticed a big difference in my classmates and myself. My class has grown right in front of my eyes. It’s interesting to see how people have changed over the years, such as who used to have braces, who had a funny haircut or who broke their pelvis. We’re no longer the dorky kids in junior high (although some of us still act like it).

On graduation day, we’ll be remembering all of the good times we had and all the trouble we caused. This slideshow will help us close the doors on our high school experience, while we look forward to the future.

n Horizon Christian’s graduation ceremony will be held June 8 at 2 p.m. inside the school’s gymnasium. Speakers include valedictorian Kasia Nielsen, salutatorian James Rovianek, and Chad Leeson, who will give the challenge to the graduating class.

Katie Tolbert is, until today, a senior at Horizon Christian School. She has written numerous articles and helped extensively in the newsroom throughout the 2012-13 school year. Katie plans to enroll at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany this fall, and study visual communications.

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