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Student voices: Thank you notes from a senior

To the Farmington Independent: Thank you so much. You have provided me the opportunity to grow as a writer and a person. I can now say I am a published columnist, and I am forever grateful for that. Hopefully, this won’t be the last time people see my byline on an article, as I continue on to be a journalism major at University of St. Thomas. Thank you to everyone who has been keeping up with my articles. I appreciate all the kind words.

To my parents: you are inspiring. Thank you for teaching me the value of hard work and the value of family. Your support throughout high school has been overwhelming and I am gracious for every event game, and concert you attended. The encouragement you have given me to be myself at all times means more to me than you will ever know.

To my friends: To Leah, Lauren, Lucas, Kenzie, Morgyn, Madison, Pieper, Chelsea, Mackenzie, Courtney, Emily and Bridget. I am so incredibly proud of every single one of you and all of your accomplishments. I have no doubt of the amazing things each one of you will accomplish. You make me a better person every single day and I will never find the words to appreciate you enough. I wish we could all have a lifetime together, but for now we have summer.

To my teachers: I have been a pain to have in class. I understand and accept this, and I am glad most of my teachers have understood and accepted me as well. My teachers have pushed me to be a better student and learner, and I am leaving FHS with a wealth of knowledge. Teachers have the hardest job in the world, and I have been blessed with some pretty great ones.

And finally, To the class of 2016: We made it. All those years of homework, tests, projects, quizzes, report cards, football games and school dances are over. We no longer have classical music to tell us when there is one minute left before class starts, and we no longer have Tiger News to brighten our Fridays.

What I am realizing from this whole graduating experience is that while it is sad, life also goes on. We will move on with life, and hopefully from here on out, it will only get better. Congratulations Class of 2016, you will do great things.