Abigail Keller ‘16 – Being a senior definitely has its perks, being the top of the school, given the front rows at sporting events, and the patiently awaited prom, but being a senior this year at Romeo High School has skyrocketed all expectations.
Giving seniors the chance to be creative and use their imagination, this was the first year a senior class was given the opportunity to paint their own parking spot for the year. Eliminating the hassle of fighting for a decent parking spot each morning, seniors were overjoyed to hear the news. The last week of summer was given to students to paint their dream parking space. While some kept it simple, others put their artistic ability to the test going above and beyond.
“It was awesome that we had the opportunity to do it and were the first ones to test it out,” Madilyn Osantowske ‘16 said. “It was as if phase one of senior year was complete.”
Continuing a great start to senior year, it is no secret that fall sports have outdone themselves and contributed so much to not only the school, but the community this past season. To begin with, Varsity Volleyball for the second year in a row made it to the State Championship game. Although the game ended in a tragic loss to Novi, the team gave their all and awarded the seniors with an incredible final season. The four seniors on the 2015 Romeo Varsity Volleyball team were given 7 more opportunities to step out on the court and do what they love.
“Being a senior is bittersweet, not knowing when my last game was going to be made me work harder,” Breanna Olley ‘16 said, ”although we fell short in our last game, it was an amazing feeling to be one of two teams in the state left playing.”
Of course the 2015 Division 1 State Champions cannot be forgotten. Bringing Romeo their first football State Championship, the Romeo Varsity Football team proved all those who were doubtful wrong, never losing the support of their community.
Seniors cherish Friday nights in the stands much more than before, realizing it is their last chance to cheer on their childhood peers as they play under the lights. Team 90 might not realize, but they have not only given seniors five extra football games, they have given seniors five more opportunities to create some of their final memories as Romeo High School students. An indescribable feeling rises as seniors watch their final high school football game at Ford Field and are able to celebrate the victory with the team.
“I felt lucky because not many seniors get to have those extra games,” Kelly Littmann ‘16 said, “It was cool that our class got to experience winning the state championship.”
The seniors of team 90 are forever thankful to their team, peers, and community. Dreaming of these accomplishments since freshman year, their hard work finally pays off, making their senior year and football season one for the books.
“It was so special, we got to spend five more weeks together and I wouldn’t change anything about this season,” Paul Hurley ‘16 said.
Romeo sports continuing to go against all odds, the Romeo varsity hockey team wins the school its first hockey state championship. Witnessing the team’s victory, throwing their helmets and sticks in the air, the student section cheering, “WE OWN THIS STATE” is something the seniors of 2016 will never forget.
“It was so much fun watching my friends accomplish a State Championship, knowing what an indescribable feeling it is made me that much happier for them,” Brendan Banach ‘16 said.
Joining team 90 in Romeo’s 2016 state championship population, the hockey team’s seniors are humbled by their final victory on the ice.
“It was a long time goal of mine since Sophomore year, finally achieving my goal left an everlasting memory of my high school hockey career,” Nicolas Blankenburg ‘16 said.
As the year comes to a close, the 2016 seniors prepare themselves for their final week as high school students.
“This was the best year ever to be a senior at Romeo,” Taylor Mueller ‘16 said.
Whether excited or scared for life outside these high school doors, seniors hold on to these moments and are thankful to have had such an outstanding final year.