Seniors spend four years working their way up in the school food chain. The nervous freshman becomes an adjusted sophomore then a stressed junior and finally the checked-out senior. Seniors have been ruling for eight months now. However, that chapter will soon come to a close when they graduate, and they once again become freshmen.
After graduation, juniors begin taking over the school. The junior girls sport their tie-dye senior shirts and pose for pictures in front of their new parking spots. They roam the halls with new-found confidence, ready for their year on top. Excitement overcomes them as they eagerly await the end of their nerve-wracking junior year and prepare to take on their new roles.
For some, the most bittersweet part of leaving high school is the ending of their leadership positions. They have spent four years working tirelessly to earn these positions, and then they have to pass the torch to their successors.
The Student Government Association plans a variety of school events including Midnight Madness, Homecoming, Spring Project and spirit weeks, and their goal is represent the students in the community. Senior Aaron Lazar is a current co-president of SGA. “Being SGA president was really fun and an awesome experience. I’ve learned so much and met so many awesome people. I’m a little sad to give up my position and leave Wootton but I know whoever takes on the role as president next year will do a great job,” Lazar said.
Senior Caroline Gastwirth has been a part of the poms team since her freshman year. She was a junior captain last year, and led the team as captain this season. Gastwirth reminisces on all she gained from being on poms, and is excited to see what the team will do in future seasons. “Being captain was a good learning experience for being a leader and friend. I’m confident that the juniors will do a great jobmc as we pass down the torch,” Gastwirth said.
National Honor Society is a organization focusing on scholarship, leadership, service and character that has chapters in high schools nationwide. Senior Jenna Oringher is a member of the National Honor Society senior board. “I really loved having a larger role in NHS this year and feeling like I’m having a bigger impact on how the club is run. I’m sad to be leaving but I know that junior board will do a great job taking our places,” Oringher said.
Senior Chloe Perel is an editor-in-chief for Common Sense newspaper. Perel has been on the staff for three years. “Leaving is bittersweet because I loved my time on the staff especially as EIC but it’s exciting to usher in and train the future of the paper,” Perel said.