What my school means to me

As I take my final steps on my journey through high school, I would like to show how much my school means to me and how much it has changed my life. I go to Fonda-Fultonville High School and I’m a proud senior this year.

I have been going to this school since pre-k, which is a very long time.

I was always the shy girl who didn’t really want to stand out. Toward the end of eighth grade, I finally started to be more outgoing. That year was pretty hard for me. I thought I wasn’t going to make, but thanks to my teachers — Mrs. Sanges, Mrs. Heacock, Mr.Vunk and Mrs. Silvernail — I finally broke out of my shell and they made me stay after school every day and study. I thank them so much for helping me through it.

It is because of them that I can be myself and be the person I’ve always wanted to be.

Since I became this more outgoing person, I’m now best known for my awesome school spirit, respect, caring and loving personality, and great attitude. Also, having college and graduation quickly, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

In my senior year, the one class I enjoyed the most was my economics class. It was so interesting learning about how the marketplace works and it gave me an insight on what I will be in for in the future.

It also helped having an amazing teacher, Mrs. Brown. Every time I would come to school, I would be ready to learn more and more every day. She teaches in a way that reels in your attention and makes you want to learn more.

She is such a fun, loving and caring person. I love talking to her and she makes my senior year of high school more amazing. I can always come talk to her about anything, whether I’m feeling sad or happy or just feel like talking. She makes me feel like my opinion is valued and appreciated.

We have a lot of things in common too. You never know how close you can become with a teacher until it actually happens. It is because of her that I will be going to college to study what I love, and that is business administration. I appreciate everything she does for me and my fellow classmates and I thank her so much for everything she does.

Graduation will be coming up very quickly and I know she will be one of the teachers I will miss the most, but I will always come back and visit. Not only do I have to thank these teachers, but I have to thank every teacher that I have ever had who has helped me become the person I am today. I appreciate everything they do. They have always been there for me even when I’m at my worst and they always know how to cheer me up.

They have always treated me with such respect and I always give respect back because they deserve it. The teachers don’t deserve a lack of respect, considering all the hard work and effort they put into their work.

They have always treated me like an adult and I can talk to them about anything. They are not like family to me, they are family.

Every day, I come home and think how lucky I am to go to an amazing school that I can call home and amazing teachers who I can call family.

Fonda-Fultonville is a place that makes you feel like you can do anything your mind or heart is set on. It is a place where you can have hope for your future and gain that knowledge that makes seeing the world even more interesting and helps us see everything in a different light. The teachers have amazing dedication and work their hardest every day to help us achieve success in the future. They help us grow and strive to be our best every day.

I think anyone who goes to Fonda-Fultonville should consider themselves lucky because there are kids out there who aren’t as lucky enough to go to a great school like ours.

Knowing I’m graduating in three months makes everything harder for me, especially knowing I’m saying goodbye to such amazing people I have grown very close with and a school that has changed me forever in so many amazing ways. The dedication and appreciation I have is beyond belief. I recently even got a tattoo that has the FFCS logo and it says family is made, memories last forever; once a Brave, always a Brave. I will always proudly show off how much I love my school and everyone in it.

My advice to students would be to live in the moment. Make the most of everything because before you know it, it will be gone. Make everything memorable so that you don’t think back and regret not doing something. Be proud to show off your school spirit and be yourself.

If you love school, don’t let anybody change how you feel about it. Don’t harp on your teachers so much. They are just trying to help you be the best you can be and want you to be proud of yourself and your achievements. They are always here to help you no matter what.

It breaks my heart hearing someone say they hate a teacher and blame them for their own mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I hope students will take a different look at things and see everything in a different perspective in light. I hope they are as proud in their school and faculty as me.

Once graduation comes, I will be saying goodbye but goodbye doesn’t mean forever. This school and the teachers in it will always be with me like a handprint on my heart. I will always be a proud Brave forever.

ANGELIQUE LAFRENIERE

Fonda-Fultonville student

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