Finally! The golden sun has peaked beyond the chill clouds, the birds are signing their most melodious tunes and shorts and T-shirts are back in the everyday picture.
As the school year nears its end, the excitement can barely be contained. Seeing that we have about two months until summer break, Hewlett High School has transformed into a hub of jittery enthusiasm due to upcoming events and the seniors’ eagerness to enter the next phase of our lives.
Seniors are looking forward to yearbook distribution day and the Senior Barbecue, which usually takes place on the last day of classes, June 11. During the barbecue, teachers from all grades stop by to say goodbye to the graduating class, sign yearbooks and take part in the activities. What’s more, due to extreme weather conditions in March, Sports Night, a night filled with fun competitions and dances, was moved to May 18 at 4 p.m. All grades are thrilled to take part in this school unifying event, yet it holds higher meaning for the senior class. This is one of the last events of the school year that we can share with our peers before we head off to college.
Speaking about college, this year’s senior class has accomplished some amazing feats. We have at least one senior attending every Ivy League school, in addition to students who were accepted to Duke University, North Western University, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, NYU Stern School of Business and Stanford University.
There is also a plethora of students who have been accepted into highly selective higher education programs. About half a dozen seniors were accepted into the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and Baruch College, a student was selected to be a part of Union College’s Leadership in Medicine program and I will be attending Brandeis University in the fall as a Humanities Fellow.
These results do not come without extreme hard work and dedication. This year’s senior class can be accredited with many unique interests. Over the past summers, at least four seniors were conducting research in laboratories, many attended summer educational programs at universities such as Yale and Harvard and a majority had full-time jobs or apprenticeships. Throughout our high school experience, we had a member of our senior class host a radio show, two other members create and continually maintain a non-for profit organization and, more recently, one of our members has become the cover girl for Elle Magazine.
Ultimately, success has indefinitely laced Hewlett’s High School’s class of 2018 legacy. When we look back on our youthful accolades and experiences, we know that this was only the beginning of all we are set to accomplish.