Aly’s Reflections on Her Senior Year

Aly found out today that the rest of her senior year has been completely cancelled. This must be very tough for her and all seniors and I don’t think anybody can understand how these kids are all feeling or say we know how it feels. I just thought I’d archive her words from a recent Facebook post.

Today, April 20, 2020, Governor DeWine has officially decided that schools will be online for the rest of the year. Not a surprise, but still so disappointing. Being a senior, I’ve gone through all the emotions. But rather than focusing on all the things I won’t have, I figured I would think about all of the opportunities that Theodore Roosevelt High School has given me. Coming from a small school, I was terrified to start at Roosevelt. Through cheerleading and freshman mentors, however, I immediately felt at home. I didn’t get the easiest start of high school, I lost two very important people, but the staff at Roosevelt greatly helped me get through such a difficult experience. They weren’t worried about me getting all my work in on time and being in class with 100% attention at all times, they were worried about me being okay. I knew then that this wasn’t just a school, it was a community. I had incredible opportunities through cheerleading, I got to go compete at states with varsity as a freshman. I leave the RHS cheer program with three league championship titles and three state placements of 5th, 3rd, and 2nd. I found some of my closest friends through the program and my biggest role model, my coach. I’m so thankful I was able to finish out my senior season before this all hit.

I was picked to be on the planning committee for the leadership retreat this year. I will forever hold close to me the memories from the retreat. I saw that I had an impact on people, I inspired them to see a side of them they didn’t know existed and to look at life with a new perspective. I grew so much as a person from such a humbling experience.

Through all advanced and AP classes offered at Roosevelt, I know I am well prepared for a difficult major in college. Every year I have had a class that I’ve gone into terrified and positive that I wouldn’t succeed, but no teacher has ever allowed me to back out. They push me and all the other students to be the best version of ourselves possible. It is because of them that I chose what I want to do with the rest of my life. I will forever be thankful for the way these people grew my confidence and helped me truly realize what I am capable of in this world.

I may not be getting a real graduation ceremony, a senior prom, or a chance to walk out the doors of Roosevelt as a student one last time. I’m missing out on being with my friends at school for a little longer before we all go to different colleges. But the things that I have gained from my time at Roosevelt, even though it was cut a bit short, are greater than these things that I am losing. So this is my thank you. To Roosevelt, every single one of my teachers, my guidance counselor, my principal, my cheer coach, the leadership retreat advisors, and everyone in between. The opportunities I have had are more than I could begin to count.

The negativity has been overwhelming during these insane times. So I hope this helps share some positivity.