Thursday, June 5, 2003

Graduation

Next transition for Bears: Real world

Callie Marquard
Central Valley High School

“Under construction” is a phrase the Central Valley class of 2003 has been hearing and experiencing for the duration of our high school lives.

Being the first graduating class from the newly built, $32 million high school has characterized our class since we came onto the scene as unexpecting sophomores.

As we entered our sophomore year into the small, cozy, albeit rundown, Central Valley High School, our class was immediately marked with the stigma -- or should I say the honor -- of being the first senior class to collect our diplomas having studied in the new building.

Many of us had trouble adjusting to life inside the confines of the old, much smaller CV, and were intimidated to say the least at the monstrosity depicted in the floor plan of the new building.

Still, our class managed to form new friendships, find dates to homecoming, and hastily finish our homework in normal high school fashion.

The actuality of the situation had not yet hit us.

As junior year rolled around, our class experienced the first tangible evidence that would foreshadow our senior fate.

If the constant sounds of pounding hammers or welding of metal wasn't enough to keep our minds on the fact that we would soon be relocating, the giant form that loomed behind us -- ever growing and taking on new forms -- should have tipped us off.

Once again, despite a few inconveniences (no tiles on the floors and no place to eat lunch for a short period of time), the class of 2003 continued with business as usual.

The friendships that had formed our sophomore year were either growing stronger or deteriorating, everyone was still hunting for that perfect date to the dance and SATs were the new scholastic obstacle that most were trying to conquer.

When it was time to say goodbye to the seemingly ancient Central Valley High School building we met the day with mixed emotions.

Although we greatly anticipated the opportunity to study in a wonderful new facility, we also hated to see all of our high school memories thus far come crashing to the ground.

Once it was done, though, the only thing that the class of 2003 could do was look forward -- or backward in our case -- to the place that would soon be our home away from home.

Getting ready for school that first day of senior year was as nervewracking as the first day as a sophomore.

The new building seemed to jut into the sky like a New York skyscraper, and finding our way around the airport-sized school was going to be an obvious challenge.

Wanting to put on an air of superiority and the standard senior intimidation, we knew that having to ask the freshmen where to find room C116 would blow our cover immediately.

We wandered around among the freshmen and sophomores in the same bewilderment as them, much to our embarrassment, but eventually settled in to where it seemed that the transition from old to new was virtually seamless.

We soon discovered that life in a $32 million school was not much different from that in a building built in the 1950s.

Applying for college and planning senior prom soon filled our time, as our senior year flew by without any of us actually grasping what was before us.

As the time draws nearer to fulfilling our destiny and becoming the first graduating class from the new CV, the transition that awaits us is far more important than the one we endured in our high school lives.

Entering into the “real world,” whether it be college or the workforce, is a change that in the long run is much more significant, yet will be a bit easier having had such a unique experience at Central Valley High.

After graduating from Central Valley High School, Callie Marquard plans to attend Gonzaga University and study civil engineering.

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