Q&A: Senior Spotlight

Seniors reflect on high school career


Photo by Mitchell Mayhaw

Despite losing out on a normal high school experience, seniors reflect on the past four years and what they have learned. Here’s what they had to say:


How do you feel about graduating? 


Senior Rebecca Varghese: I’m a little nervous because I don’t know if I’m ready to go off on my own, but I’m definitely ready to leave high school.


Senior Drew Pesina: I’m pretty excited. It’s a big moment and I’m really looking forward to [starting a] new chapter in my life. 


Senior Alynna Gonzalez: I’m scared to graduate — but in a good way. I’m scared to start that next chapter in my life. 


What is your favorite memory from high school?


Varghese: In AP World History my sophomore year, [we were] doing major grade presentations. We were supposed to do a skit, but everyone misunderstood the assignment except the first group who came with props and costumes. The rest of us had PowerPoints, and every group had to improv a play. My partner, who hadn’t done any of the work, threw his hand up to volunteer, and he started talking about England when we were supposed to talk about Japan. It was the funniest day of my life. 


Pesina: Sophomore year baseball season in the spring. Being with that group of guys was a lot of fun. I got really close with them, and [we] shared a lot of memories. It was probably the most fun I’ve had while at Hebron.


Gonzalez: My favorite memory of high school is meeting some of my closest friends that I will still stick by in college. 


What is the most important thing you have learned from high school?


Varghese: Take every opportunity you get because you won’t get it again. If there’s a chance for you to join an organization, join it. If there’s a chance for you to make a new friend, make a new friend. The worst that can happen is you don’t like the friend or the organization and you quit, but the best thing that can happen is you can make memories that will last forever. 


Pesina: High school is only a little part of our life, and as much as people stress about getting good grades and a good GPA to go to a good college, it [doesn’t] mean a lot. You should cherish the memories and friends you’ll make while in high school and not worry too much, because everything is going to shape out how it should in the end.


Gonzalez: Mind your business, and focus on yourself. Put yourself first, and don’t put someone else’s happiness before yours. 


What advice do you have for underclassmen, specifically for senior year?


Varghese: Use senior year as the [time] to make memories. If you have any regrets, resolve it your senior year because you don’t need that going into college. 


Pesina: Have fun, but be responsible at the same time. You want to have fun because that’s what this part of your life is all about. Don’t take this time for granted. 


Gonzalez: Try to do as much as you can to make as many memories as possible. Join clubs, do Ruckus and Rowdy, go to prom, go to homecoming [and] do all of it just to say that you went.