Life flies by. I remember joining Horizon Christian School in 2009 like it was only a week ago. I remember playing golf for the first time in eighth grade and swinging a baseball bat for the first time my sophomore year. I remember my sophomore year of baseball so vividly that I could even recite my stats (all 0s because I sat on the bench). All of these things were great memories leading up to my senior year.
This past year was filled with a ton of memories. Driving by myself for the first time, senior skip-days, and basketball season were all highlights of high-school, not just senior year. I even got to experience what being a writer/reporter for the newspaper would be like. There was also another season of sports, which were very wishy-washy this year.
Being involved in sports makes you appreciate your friends and peers a lot more. You grow closer with your teammates and coaches throughout the season and it teaches you life-long lessons that are only made through hard work and dedication.
Personally, this final year really kicked off when basketball season started. Playing on one of the best basketball teams in Oregon is really a one of a kind experience. Being the one of the best at something along with your friends is really astonishing. Baseball was also a peculiar experience. At the beginning, our team seemed full of potential, but we came to realization that it was only potential.
Even though being a senior, driving, and sports were huge parts of my life so far, the best part of this final year was experiencing it with the people I’ve been with the past five years. I was finally at the top with all of my friends and classmates.
The Class of 14 at Horizon Christian School is a small class with 18 students. Even though we only have 18 students, we are the biggest graduating class in Horizon’s history. There were students that came and gone, but the core of the class stayed together throughout high school. We were able to raise up money for homeless people and Ronald McDonald’s House of Charity. We also helped landscape a women’s and children’s house.
We have had a lot of really fun times as well. We won the Meatball Volleyball Tournament our junior year. We also were able to fund two Senior Skip-Days which were some of the funnest times of all of high school. Our class was easily the best class to go through the school in a very long time.
It’s an amazing feeling of almost being done with high school. Even though I’m ready to leave, it’s going to be tough leaving all of the people that I’ve have built friendships with over the past five years. They made the memories of high school great.
Amar Mann, who lives in The Dalles, spent the winter and spring as an intern at the Hood River News, taking photos and writing business and sports articles, as well as features. Amar will attend University of Oregon this fall. The Horizon Class of 2014 receives its diplomas on June 7.