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As the School Year Winds Down…

Students reflect on the school year: the good, the bad, the ugly.

Jazzarie Dawkins

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This 2016-2017 school year could be described as both very eventful and tedious. It is safe to agree that we’ve had many ups and downs throughout this term. Undoubtedly, we can acknowledge everyone’s excitement to leave school, some more excited that others, and go out and pursue the summer waiting for us ahead. As we say goodbye to our beloved seniors and welcome our new freshmen, we also reminisce and lament on the memories made this passing school year.

We go back to as early as September and October, to our pearls and ties themed homecoming and the coming of Hurricane Matthew. This year’s homecoming raked in more tickets than last year’s, however, no one seemed to really care to comply with the theme, which I’d say is fair considering the ambiguous theme. Our king and queen this year were seniors Isaac Quillet and Alé Ramirez. A month after homecoming, Hurricane Matthew came and really initiated the school year with a big scare that had every student thinking or hoping that Satellite would be destroyed along with their homes and all their belongings. Fortunately Brevard wasn’t hit too bad, and students were more than relieved to be returning to school as soon as possible, not to mention not having to make up the days missed.

We fast forward to the beginning of 2017 when Satellite lost two beloved seniors, Noah Corl and George Davies, who passed away. Since then, Satellite attempts to work hard on raising awareness on suicide prevention, although such awareness should always be encouraged and a topic of discussion. We don’t want to forget Noah and George and encourage everyone to continue to raise awareness on such an important and growing subject.

Some new additions and policies added to the school include the painted stars in front of the east auditorium entrance, commemorating the names of  some of our talented and accomplished Satellite students. The school district has also added a new rule allowing students to have their phones out in hallways and out at lunch, because everyone was following the old rule before and it was greatly deserved, in hopes that students would stay off their phones in class, which of course is quite amusing and even sparked some discussion among students and teachers. And if we want to count the dean’s new window as a new addition to the school, after someone, I still don’t know, broke into the school by smashing a window, then there’s that as well. Also, this year we had the fortune of having early release every Wednesday. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I don’t quite remember life before early release on Wednesday, and I am so very grateful for this opportunity.

Satellite’s drama department had the production of Pippin in April. The play had many students participating in it, as well as many seniors who for them, was there last show at Satellite, but of course, they are always welcome to come back and watch Satellite’s future productions. Everyone in the play did an outstanding job as always, but the production did spark some controversy among students because of the contents in the play regarding  some touchy topics. Regardless, everyone in the play seemed to have fun and take pride in their play.

At the beginning of May, Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the suicide prevention organization, To Write Love on Her Arms, comes to speak to the student body about the importance of reaching out to others and even sharing his story and reason for organizing the group. Many students agreed that this meeting was well overdue, well needed, very resourceful, and moving.

Lastly we wrap up the year with exams and this year’s sunset themed prom. A lot of sophomores somehow attended this year’s prom, which upperclassmen weren’t too happy about, but nonetheless, everyone still managed to have a fun and safe time and as far as I’ve heard, there weren’t too many causalities, which I mean is pretty good for Satellite. This year’s queen and king were seniors Kira Campbell and Trevor Poli.

And so, I’d say if you didn’t think this school year was very productive before reading this article, I hope I changed your mind, if not, you’re probably not easily provoked, and no one likes someone who isn’t easily provoked. We say farewell to our cherished Seniors who I’ve accidentally become too attached to, and we wish them good luck as always on their journeys ahead. Finally we wish all students and administration a fun and safe summer and hope to see you again next year, until next time.

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