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Editorial: Remember The Ones Who Got You Here

I remember 2005 on the football field at Sewanhaka High School. It was a hot day and seniors had to wear all black. It was a long day, but at least it led toward something…a new beginning. Although I graduated seven years ago, it sticks in my noggin like it was yesterday.

I thought I had it all figured out…I’m still learning. The things that come with age give one a sense of stableness when attacking the real world, thinking you’re prepared for everything; but curveballs are always in life’s pitching repertoire.

I remember being antsy to sprint from SHS as soon as our caps flew from our hands, shooting toward the June sky. However I can admit, those days are missed and will always be remembered.

Sports Night, the Senior Barbecue…Pep Rally’s. So many things I can recall, and so many things I hope students get to enjoy until times end. I give SHS the credit for influencing my decision to be a journalist, specifically Alison Leighton, Marie Meaney and guidance counselor Paula Curci.

I know what you’re thinking and I’ll stop you right there. Ms. Meaney, contrary to the sound of her last name, was one of the nicest teachers I had to instruct me.

Leighton and Meaney ran my journalism class and it’s safe to say I was hooked on the profession during the class and after it ended. Curci pointed me in the right direction for college.

Curci, from start to finish, aided my transition while applying to schools and writing college essays until I came across Hofstra University, whose journalism program was starting to take off.

Curci pushed me and after four years in college I have a job in my field thankfully.

This is not to discount any teacher I had at Sewanhaka. I can think of a slew of educators who were instrumental to my learning. Coach Reece, Coach Ryan and Coach Brancato, Trish Maggi, George Tsolekas, Lisa Raneri, George Linder, Mr. Anderson, Daniel Tesoro and Kevin Maser. I could go on forever.

In the end, I would say don’t forget the help you received along the way because without it…you never would have gotten here.

Congratulations and good luck to the 2012 Sewanhaka High School graduates.

—RF