Endings: Back to school with seniors

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Before the welcome and opening remarks on the first day of classes, seniors wearing gray blazers filled the front side of the courtyard at the unofficial “senior section.” They wore red accessories, including firefighter hats, beaded necklaces, hats, wigs, and earrings to represent the class’ senior theme: “Girls on Fire.”

This particular moment “stood out” to senior Hailey Adams as she is “excited” for the “energy” and “impact” the senior class will bring to this school year.

“The seniors really just rallied together on the first day, and we were all super excited and I felt like we did a good job of being pumped that day and welcoming people,” Adams said. “It was just such a great moment and everyone…[had] smiles on their faces and [were] getting goofy pictures together.”

As Adams reflects on her four years at Archer, she recognizes how much “wiser,” “calmer” and “aware” she has become. She reflects on the changes she has undergone and gives her younger self some advice.

“Be yourself and enjoy your time and make the most of every moment because it does go by really fast,” Adams said. “I think it’s just important to be very appreciative and enjoy where you are at in the moment.”

Senior Hannah Kim says that this time of the year is “surreal” having been at Archer since the seventh grade.

I remember I was wearing my purple shirt and my khaki skirt that went all the way up to my knees, and I was taking pictures with my parents. My parents wouldn’t let me leave for the school bus,” Kim said. “I can’t remember a time without Archer because I’ve been here for so long, so definitely it’s going to be super sad when I have to say goodbye to this chapter of my life, but I’m definitely very excited to go to college and be outside of this Archer community and make a difference in [environments] other than my school.” 

Senior Class Dean and English teacher Jennifer Dohr said senior year is a “journey of self-awareness and of leadership.” She recognizes that the year is filled with “consistent highs and lows” but is nonetheless “excited” for what the senior class will bring this year.

“I like to think of senior year as the beginning of a whole brand new beginning with exciting and new journeys ahead and so yes, it is the culminating year at Archer but it’s the beginning of a life journey that extends well beyond college,” Dohr said. “It’s a year where there is so much newness. I guess it is the beginning of the end in terms of the Archer journey, but I’m certainly not going to think about it that way because the thought of saying au revoir to the senior class makes me emotional.”

Dohr said she had had multiple “amazing” moments with her senior class in just the first weeks of classes. She speaks for the faculty and staff at large when she says everyone is “tremendously excited” to see how the class that “has it all” will continue to “make their mark” on Archer. She ends with a message for her senior class.

“Class of 2020, [I’m] honored as always to be your dean,” Dohr said. “Let’s have a fantastic journey together and not just back to school, but the whole year. Let’s really see what you want to achieve and how I can support you.”

Additional reporting contributed by Lizette Gonzalez, Cadence Callahan and Sabrina Kim. 

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