When I first moved into Walton, I didn’t know what to expect. I came from a rival school that talked about negative things.These negative things brought out a nervous wreck inside me that I was nervous of becoming one of them: one of the Kings. As I started my school year here in seventh grade, I did not want to be here. I did not want to make friends, nor did I want to spend the rest of my high school years here. My seventh grade year was a mess as I had these thoughts engraved into my head until the ending of the school year. I started to develop friendships, not be judged for my appearances or my background, and I was respected here and was treated as if I belonged here. Little did I know that the ending of my seventh grade year was the year that changed my thoughts on Lewis Cass forever.
The first thing that I want to say is thank you to is the community. I never knew how well tied and strong the bond is around here in Walton until I fully understand this is the place I belonged to. The community here brought up anything that needed to be addressed to make the place better, help along the way of families in need or going through a rough patch, or just simply recognized Lewis Cass students for all the accomplishments and other sources throughout their school careers. If this doesn’t stand out Lewis Cass or Walton at all, I don’t know what else to say. This community has brought so much laughs throughout events like the Fourth of July Parade or all of the May Day sales going on. These laughs created new friendships that will last forever. Although the laughs have made the impact, the cries and support have hit me hard. Over the past years I have lived here have been a trainwreck. The “wreck,” however, was never fully hurt: I had a community that supported everyone and when times were rough, they would do whatever it takes to make everything right. This bond of laugh and cries, this bond of multiple events of memories, and this bond of new relationships will always be in my heart. Thank you Walton for finally letting me have a place I can finally call home and create a path to know where my “roots” are.
The community has brought a spark to my life, but the teachers and staff at Lewis Cass have made it the best six years a kid going to school can have. From protecting eggs in Karmel’s Science Class to laughing about AP essay questions in Engle’s class, these teachers I had over the years made me realize that high school can be the best four years of your life. Teachers, thank you for everything. I may have been raised around this environment, but you definitely let me in with a warm welcome to discover myself. These past years of trying to find who I really am has been a fun adventure and I cannot wait to have all of these letters to write about my success to every one of you. Thank you for always trying to find my true strengths as well as helping me on my weaknesses. Thank you for always knowing what I can do and showing off my true potential to not only myself but for my confidence and my self-esteem. Always know that you’ll be forever in my heart and mind and when I need some advice, I know I can count on you to guide me.
Finally, I would like to thank my parents. My mom has been through everything with me since day one. I know I haven’t been the best kid, which I always tried to get out of things, but I really do appreciate what she has done for me. She works so many days out of the week, so many hours throughout one day and yet she still manages to come support me in all my school events. Whether I have a game a day or just need help with my anatomy assignments, my mom has always been there for me no matter how much sleep or things she needs to finish. So mom, thank you for everything you have done for me over the past eighteen years. I know that I am going to miss you when I leave for Xavier but just know that I will be calling you more than you think because I will need your advice. Also know that I would not be who I am today without you and I can’t wait to follow my dreams just as you did. Dave, thank you for everything too. Being a dad to an eighteen year old is pretty hard but thank you for always supporting me even if I am not your biological daughter. You helped me get to Xavier and I won’t let you down.
Thank you everyone for helping me through my journey! I had such a great time here at Lewis Cass and with your guidance, I will be showing off my roots in Cincinnati and show them what Walton, Indiana, really is. Once a King, Always a King!