A tribute to our Seniors: what an amazing thirteen years it has been.

This year’s Senior class started Kindergarten in August 2008, the middle of the recession. They ended their school career in a worldwide historic pandemic.

Here’s a look into the years of their school career:

Through their years of school, our graduates have witnessed historic hurricanes (Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria), devastating Haitian earthquakes, the Black Lives Matter movement, some of the most eventful elections in our lifetime, and so much more.

Kindergarten year (2008-2009)Senior year (2020-2021)
Movie tickets $6.95$9.11
First-class stamp$0.48$0.55
The chart above demonstrates the difference in prices of items from when this year’s graduating class was in Kindergarten to now.

Here is a lookback for the sake of nostalgia just to reminisce on how quickly time has gone by.

Top 10 songs of this year’s graduating class’ Kindergarten year (2008):

  1. “Low” by Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
  2. “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis
  3. “No One” by Alicia Keys
  4. “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major
  5. “Apologize” by Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
  6. “No Air” by Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
  7. “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles
  8. “Love In This Club” by Usher Featuring Young Jeezy
  9. “With You” by Chris Brown
  10. “Forever” by Chris Brown

We asked our senior staff before they left what their best pieces of advice would be to our future Warriors.

“I have had an amazing last four years at Cherokee. My time has been filled with great classes, fun extracurriculars, and amazing friends I met along the way. My advice to incoming freshman would be to work hard throughout and more importantly to create great memories to look back on. Although it doesn’t seem like it may, the next few years will move by fast. Enjoy your classes, friends, and overall experience before it’s time to move on from Cherokee High School.”

Alek Pace, Senior and EIC of The Warrior Word

“You get in what you put into it, so do your best.”

Ava Lees, Senior

“My time at Cherokee has created some of the best memories that I could ask for. I have met great teachers and even better friends. I am extremely sad to be moving on from my time here, but I am also greatly anticipating what will come next in my life. My advice to upcoming freshman would be to cherish the time you spend here. Remember to make friends, join clubs, create bonds with your teachers, and overall have a great time. Your next four years will go by fast, but I know that you will enjoy it.”

Kayla Pimpleton, Senior and Assistant EIC of The Warrior Word
The Warrior Word staff Seniors posing for a group photo.

As we say goodbye to our own Seniors, we leave them with words of encouragement:

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.”

Kerry Washington

“Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.”

Neil Gaimen

There are many ways we would like the next thirteen years to be a little less eventful than worldwide pandemics and national recessions, but there were many ways our nation has progressed, and we look forward our Warrior graduates being a part of our nation’s growth.

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