End of the year is fun for seniors!

The end of the school year brings a lot of great things – graduation in Lakeview Arena, Kaufman Awards in Kaufman Auditorium, Local Scholarship awards in Kaufman Auditorium, stress of exams and much anticipation for summer. Since I am a junior, I don’t take part in graduation or local scholarship awards. However, I do feel the anticipation of these activities.

I have four classes with seniors. They are Redmen Chorale, Wind Ensemble, algebra 2 and chemistry. I also have many senior friends that I made in those classes and from going to Batawagama Band Camp. Their excitement rubs off on me and it makes me jealous. I am always envious of them when they talk about how they are exempt from second semester exams. They can achieve that if they have perfect attendance or a B-minus or higher in their classes.

I greatly desire to be done with high school, but again, I do not. Once I go to college, my parents will be “empty nesters” – I worry what they would do without me (well, not really). I am nervous to finally have to decide what I want to do with my life, but I am glad I have plenty of time to decide before I graduate.

Seeing the seniors graduate on June 1 made me realize that I will be up on Lakeview Arena’s stage receiving my high school diploma in a year. It feels like high school has gone by so slow, especially after the “Polar Vortex” winter, but it has not. It has gone very quickly. When I was auditioning for Marquette Senior High School’s Wind Ensemble next fall, my band director asked me if I could believe that I was going to be a senior and I was basically speechless afterwards. I feel no different than when I was a freshman – well, maybe I am a little smarter, I hope anyway.

Walking through Marquette Senior High School now is strange because the seniors are gone. Before their last day of school, I would see them everyday when I walked through their hallway to get to my classes and locker. Now, when I walk through the hallway, I only see a few people who use that hallway daily. The deserted hallway reminds me that the seniors are MSHS alumni and it makes me excited for the day I can finally become one of them. I can’t wait!

I look forward to being a senior at Marquette Senior High School. It comes with many responsibilities. I am ready to take any challenge my senior year will throw my way. One of the major things I’ll do is filling out college applications. It will be a good time to reflect on what I have done and think about what I will do. It should be a great year, but for now, I am excited to relax over the summer and learn to drive. Yes, I know I’m behind most of my classmates in that regard. Watch out!

Editor’s note: GlenEllen Lehmberg, 16, is a junior at Marquette Senior High School. She is a long time member of 8-18 Media and is also involved in dance and youth theatre in her spare time. Her parents are Paul and Z.Z. Lehmberg of Marquette.