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Seniors say goodbye not just to school but also to sports


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High school is coming to an end for Archbishop Ryan’s seniors, who will never sign up for a fall, winter, or spring sport as a high school student ever again. Even though it may seem like a sad reality, seniors who have played sports take an abundance of leadership knowledge and communication skills to their lives after high school.

According to the 2011 US News article written by Jason Koebler, “More than 7.6 million students played high school sports during the 2010-2011 school year.”

Around a fourth of these students are high school seniors. Most seniors have spent all four years playing a sport like baseball, football, volleyball, hockey, lacrosse, or softball.  Not only have they spent most of their free time playing a sport, after years of playing a sport, they also have become leaders and role models for their younger teammates.

“It was amazing finishing out my senior year as captain. After playing on the volleyball team for four years, I finally felt accomplished,” stated senior Anna Meredith.

Seniors sometimes get emotional when their senior year is officially over. This emotional state of mind comes from all the hard work and dedication the seniors have put into their teams. Senior year is the last hoorah for seniors to live out their high school experience. Therefore, seniors have a bittersweet moment when the season comes to an end.

Senior Amanda Lawson explained, “This year was my final year playing basketball at Ryan. I admit, I cried when we lost our final game, but I loved being a part of a hard working team.”

The “best part” about being a senior is “senior night and the gifts we get from our team,” stated Alyssa Trinacria, field hockey senior.


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Seniors say goodbye not just to school but also to sports