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by graceMOODY, ’14

As the days of May dwindle, the pool opens and graduation signs seem to be everywhere I look, I know that summer has finally arrived. Although meaning stressful finals and end-of-the-year chaos for underclassmen, summer signifies just one thing for seniors: graduation.

The graduation of the class of 2013 will not be easy for me, as I will say goodbye to people who have made my high school days all the better. For me, the class of 2013 will primarily be missed through the graduation of 17 seniors on the Arlingtonian staff.

With a heavily senior staff, excitement about graduation has filled the conversations within the Arlingtonian room as we wrap up another year. When returning next fall to continue working, a quiet absence will occur without the seniors. The leadership and charismatic energy among them has made my first year on staff a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Other freshmen, sophomores and juniors, I’m sure, will be saddened by the loss of seniors from their own activities. For athletes, the teams will strive to fulfill the morale that the graduating seniors seemed to take on so easily.

Through the many clubs and organizations in the community, seniors have played a large role in serving as leaders to the rest of the student body. From the three senior editors of the highly-acclaimed Norwester yearbook to the senior boys and girls water polo captains who led their teams to state championships, the successes of the seniors could go on and on. Whether through a sports captain, link crew leader or senior friend, the class of 2013 has, for many of us, had a significant impact on our lives as a UA Golden Bear.

Regarding the current seniors, we have a lot to live up to. For me, it will especially be seen with following in the footsteps of current Arlingtonian Editor-in-Chief Kate Magill, who has led the Arlingtonian staff through its 76th year of spreading news to UA. Although I’m honored to continue the tradition, taking over the position that Kate seemed to manage with such ease will be no easy task.

Like with every year, as difficult as it is to see the senior class leave, UAHS will continue to strive for excellence, now under the leadership of the class of 2014. Sure, the hallways will dwindle with the absence of the seniors, but the excellent morale of the student body will never leave.

The seniors have left their mark and I wish them all the best as they bring what they have learned from UA to their new destinations, adventures and friendships. Looking forward to next year, we juniors have some large shoes to fill. So class of 2014 get ready­— we’re next.