As cliche and cheesy as this line is, we made it. Most of us have spent the majority, if not all of our school days at SLA. I've been thinking about this post for a while, and now I've figured out how to go about it.
At this point, you're probably thinking "Oh great Claire, another one of those open letter things." Which I can see where that thought is coming from, as ooodles and ooodles of 'Open Letter to Grad Class' posts have been shared on Facebook throughout the year. This one is different, it's suited and tailored especially for you guys, like a prom dress or a tux. This one is unique, just like each and every one of you (oh God that was really cheesy I'm sorry).
We made it. We got through every bad day and stressful test. We came together to be supportive in times of need when unexpected things happened. We put our heads together and got things done on time (shout out to the Grad Decorating Committee). We celebrated game and tournament wins and last but not least our spectacular graduation.
I have so many memories from these past 12 years that I'll hold onto forever. These years seemed to fly by, feels like only yesterday we were going into junior high. I have stories that I'll share with people I meet in the future, and stories I'll tell my kids and grandkids when they ask "What was it like when you were growing up?" That's the purpose of stories, they're meant to be shared. I hope you all have stories and memories to tell as well.
St. Lawrence (or Joe Harbour) is where we grew up, and maybe we are still growing up. We're not quite there yet. Be proud of where you originate from, and always make time to pop back for a visit. I've been told that if you don't, you'll regret it later on.
It was a good ride guys, and I feel like we bonded even more in our senior year. I wish you all the best in whatever path you take. I'm sure there'll be many reunions to come.
To the SLA Class of 2017, enjoy your last year as much as you can, it'll be over in the blink of an eye.
"And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again."