Thinking back through the past years of my high school career caused a whirlwind of emotions. Even though the school year isn’t technically over, I think now is a good time to look back on the good and not so good moments of these past couple of years.
I started my education at Lanesboro, I grew up with people who I’m sure will be lifelong friends. I formed such a strong connection with my classmates, possibly because of us having to experience a lot of the same things. Learning the alphabet, playing at recess (which was never long enough), and even eating the same foods for lunch made us closer in the long run. Even with all of these similarities, we all started growing into our own people, we became who we are today.
First day of seventh grade was the most nerve-wracking day of my life. I remember being so nervous that I was going to walk into the wrong classroom, or be late. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself on the very first day! I made it through that day and the rest of my time at Lanesboro with the help of my friends and some pretty amazing teachers.
One of the most life-changing moments while enrolled at Lanesboro was in the winter of my freshman year. This was the year I joined the FCL Dance Team. I originally planned to only do wrestling managing that year (which I did eighth and ninth grade year and loved it!), but that year I juggled both of the things I loved to do. The FCL Dance Team has now become my family, everyone is an essential role to the team. I have so many amazing moments with the team and never fail to shed a tear at the end of the season.
The summer going into my sophomore year, I decided to transfer to Fillmore Central. I needed change in my life and I have some pretty amazing friends there that helped with the transfer process. My first day at Fillmore Central was really different, I was the “new girl,” which I had never experienced before. I quickly grew into feeling comfortable at Fillmore Central, which I would like to personally thank the class of ‘21 for. Without the help from all of you, it would have taken me much longer to grow adjusted to the new surroundings.
Throughout the year, I learned more about my class and got closer with more people from other grades. I also met some pretty amazing teachers that I respect so much. One of the main things I learned from transferring to Fillmore Central was to not be scared to try new things. I joined some new clubs and organizations, which opened my eyes to try to get myself out of my comfort zone. This was also the year I joined the Fillmore County Journal Team!
One of my favorite moments at Fillmore Central was my first day of choir class. I got to my spot on the risers and our instructor started class with warm-ups. When the choir started singing, I was in pure shock at the volume and tone of the choir. I never got to experience that before. Since then, I have done a few honor choirs that were also so amazing.
Junior year was one of my favorite years of high school. Even though many people say this is the hardest year of school, I have genuinely enjoyed it. I became closer with many classmates and fellow students.
Sadly, this year has been cut short by COVID-19. Softball season came to a close shortly after practicing for a couple weeks. Many activities we were all looking forward were postponed, such as prom and Solo/Small Group for band and choir students. We will finish this year online, and hopefully by next year we will all be back in school and ready to start the new year!
Pailey Gordon is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of eight area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its 21st year.