As the countdown to graduation gets closer and closer, I cannot help but feel a sting of sadness amidst all of the excitement in my heart. I cannot wait to begin my college career at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana next fall, but I also do not want to think about how close I am to saying goodbye to my home for the past four years. Trinity has taught me much more than how to complete the square or write a commentary on modern poetry; it has taught me what it means to be a part of a family, to build a community and help those around you grow and learn more about who they are all while you do the same. I have had the most incredible people beside me throughout these past four years that supported me and helped me reach this point, mainly by providing incredible opportunities for me to develop my passion even before beginning my college education. My fondest memories have been working with the newspaper and yearbook staffs, as well as art club. All three moderators, Mrs. Buckley, Ms. Crnkovich, and Mrs. Costello, encouraged me to explore my artistic talents and challenged me to work outside of my comfort zone. Because of their support, I knew right away that I wanted to continue writing and art in college, and I will always have them to thank for providing atmospheres for me to do what I love every day. I will miss Trinity more than words can say, and I am so thankful to have attended a high school that has prepared me so well for what lies ahead.
Taylor Smith, St. Luke Grade School, River Forest
Ball State University, Indiana