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The Bond Between the Seniors

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“Family isn’t always about the blood you share. It’s about those willing to bleed for you.”

 

We all have that certain group of people that we run to in times of need. We all have that certain person that knows more about us than anyone else. We all have that certain something that helps take the pain away; however, for me, I have a family not by blood but by love and support. I have a family that comes together in times of need even though we may not be best friends as we walk in the hallways of Lewis Cass. Most of all, I have a family that I’ll be able to graduate with in the year of 2019: my senior class.

Recently, our community experienced a tragedy that took a toll on everyone; however, the senior class was devastated to the point of falling apart. Everyone was asking why. Everyone was reminiscing on the memories spent with that specific person. Everyone was mourning the loss. Most of all, we all realized this incident was going to be the hardest pill we’d ever have to swallow. However, we didn’t let this tragedy defeat us. We took it all in as a family, and in that exact moment, we realized that “The Bond Between the Seniors” was a bond that could never be broken or replaced.

As the days went by, we all became stronger. We were that shoulder that anyone could cry on if he needed one. We were the counselors that listened to anyone who needed to talk about the situation. Most of all, we were the group that symbolizes strength. After this event took place on Sunday, November 18th, the senior class realized we all would have to come together and persevere through the loss of yet another classmate and so we did. We all came together in the auditorium the next day to spend time with each other and talk to counselors if needed. Most of all, we laughed at the memories we had with her, we cried when we realized she wasn’t going to show up late for school again, and we smiled when we realized we were a family.

As Thanksgiving rolled around, everyone split up and went his separate ways to spend time with our family at home; however, we never left touch. We all texted each other to say how thankful we were for each other, but most of all, we told each other to ‘be careful driving anywhere.’ Finally, the time came that we had to say our final goodbye; however, we all knew she was in a better place now. And now, everyday in the hallway, we say ‘hi’ to each other because we never know when anyone will not be able to show up to school next. Ever since that day, no one can wrap his head around the biggest question of all: why? Even though we didn’t want to say goodbye so soon, we did it, and we all had each other’s backs as we did so.

Being a highschooler, I never thought I would have to experience something like this at such a young age, but I did; however, I couldn’t have gotten through it without my senior class. To have classmates that care about each other is heart-warming. To have classmates that would do anything to show their support is amazing. To have classmates that go above and beyond for our community is breathtaking. Most of all, to have classmates that have become family is a feeling that is indescribable. The class of 2019 has dealt with tragedies that no one should experience at this age; however, the class of 2019 is a family that isn’t by blood. Going through a tragedy so unexpectedly, everyone was left with an emptiness. Everyone was left with sadness. Everyone was left alone as if nobody could heal the hurt that he experienced at the exact moment. But, even though we all thought that nothing would be okay, we all were wrong. Day by day, we all become a little bit stronger. Day by day, we all depend on each other as our go-to person if we needed someone. Day by day, we all realize that it won’t ever be the same without the red-headed, beautiful girl named Haley Begley; however, we realize that she is our guardian angel forever and always.

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4 Responses to “The Bond Between the Seniors”

  1. Rush on December 1st, 2018 4:36 pm

    What a tribute to your senior class and Haley. I have been touched and inspired by the love shown toward Haley, her family, teammates and friends. It is so nice to witness and hear about your class helping to lift each other up. Well written Ashli!

  2. Reece Rodabaugh on December 3rd, 2018 2:26 pm

    This is a super good and very touching article Ashli. Haley meant so much to many of you guys and she was an amazing soul. I think through this tragic accident that it has really brought us much closer.

  3. Bill Isaacs on December 5th, 2018 6:21 am

    It has been heart warming to see the love and respect shown toward Haley and her family led by her classmates. It has been a blessing to see all of you come together to support one another. Haley was a very special young lady and your article is a fitting tribute to her, her family, and your class. Very good job of capturing the essence of a difficult journey. Proud of you!

  4. Brooklynn Fye on December 5th, 2018 12:38 pm

    Ashli, you did an amazing job describing how everybody came together. With the power of words you were able to connect with the emotion of every reader. This article is driven by emotion and passion to show how much Haley really meant to our class. Keep up the good work!

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