Senior Reflections

Jessica Cornejo, reporer

          Out of the four hundred eighty-three seniors that are graduating this May, there are bound to be some interesting stories to be shared about their four years in high school.

          Sports games. Rallies. School activities. Dances. Regrets. Mistakes. Memories.

          Every graduate should be at least a little emotional at the end of the year, whether it’s because of finals, checking-out, saying good-bye to teachers, or leaving the place that created and housed so many memories. It’s a time to reflect, so you can make more memories.

          Leaving might be a challenge, but it sure will be an adventure.

          Janneth Garcia has had a difficult life, but she had overcome that and now has a plan for the future and couldn’t have done it without the support and guidance offered at River City.  

          After she majors and gets her masters in Political Science, she plans to eventually get her law degree from Lincoln Law School.

          “I always wanted to join the Mock Trial, especially because I want to go into Political Science as my major. And not joining that was always a regret,” explains Garcia.   

          The learning environment in her last school, in Santa Cruz was less than extraordinary with all the inconsistent teaching faculty and the attitude of the people around her.

          “In my old school, in Santa Cruz, we had a substitute everyday. So, I never really got that learning time,” says Garcia.

          Her freshman and sophomore years were spent there, until she finally moved to West Sacramento in 2016 and had to wait two months to go into independent studies. She started at River City in January 2017 to finish out her last two years of high school.

          “When I first moved here, yeah, I did go to the football games, to every rally. But now that I’m more busy, I have more homework, more responsibilities, I really can’t,” admits Garcia.    

            Garcia recalls meeting a close friend her junior year in the counseling office. While they were waiting to see Mrs.Clark, one of the counselors, they spoke idly to diffuse some awkwardness from just standing there. When she went back to choir class a little later and found her sitting in her chair.

          “So I didn’t say anything, she was sitting alone, so I called her over, and since that day we’ve been really close,” reminisces Garcia.

          Garcia wanted to thank Estella Delatorre, who is a staff member in the Career Center here on campus, and mentioned that without her, she wouldn’t be anywhere near where she is in life right now.

          “I think I did change, because I used to not really see myself going to college, or finishing high school. So to me that kinda hit hard. The person that mostly changed everything for me was, Estella,” expresses Garcia.  

          Devina Alvarez’s reflections may not be as major as Garcia’s, but they have shaped memories that she will hopefully remember forever.

          She does have some advice to give. The Golden rule, as some people call it, is to treat others how you want to be treated.

          She seemed to have more fond memories than mistakes in her high school experience. Although in some people’s points of view, going out and partying might be a waste of time or a mistake, but Alvarez seemed okay with how she spent her time.  

          She went to Woodland High for her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, then came here for her senior year.

          “I would rate this year as an eight, because I didn’t do a lot of activities. And I didn’t really get to conversate with a lot of people because I kept to myself. It was a lot of fun,” comments Alvarez.

          Some of her regrets include not meeting more people while in high school and making new connections. Not joining the club MECHA, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, was also a regret of hers. She wasn’t able to partake in the club because of her new job that took up the time.

          Although she said she regretted not making more friends, she says, “Don’t trust a lot of people. Make a couple good friends, like five is good, five is the limit.”

          Her favorite memories from her first and only at River City were the prom and the company she kept at the event, and “Drama-thon”.

          “Prom was cool because I hung out with a lot of people and finally got a kid that doesn’t go do anything school related, and I got him to dress up,” divulges Alvarez.

          Drama-thon was an all night event set up by drama students, many of the attendees said the event made them feel closer as a group.

          “I will remember it forever because I threw up. But It was a good memory,” fondly says Alvarez.

          Alvarez wanted to thank Mr. Hanks, the drama teacher. “He was always there for me when I had problems,” she says brightly.  

          Cheerleading, science and supportive people seem to be important things in Samantha Stout’s life.  

          She cheered throughout her entire high school career, and at one point she was captain.

          Although she enjoyed cheering, sometimes it prevented some of her other aspirations. She recalls wanting to be in the school’s tennis team, but she admits that, “My cheer coach made me quit.”

          One of her accomplishments was scoring a point at the Science Bowl in her sophomore year. She scored against Mira Loma, a school that she described as, “Really hard school, like they’re really smart.”

          “I answered it and got it right and we were the only school to get a point on them that year, so we were freaking out,” says Stout.

          She rate each year of high school, and says “Freshman year was a ten, Sophomore was a 6, Junior year was a 8, and Senior year was a 10.”

          To finish off she gives advice to anyone who she think needs it,

          “Figure out out who you are by yourself, and don’t let other people influence it, because then you aren’t really being yourself.”

          Alvarez wanted to thank Mr. Hanks, the drama teacher. “He was always there for me when I had problems,” she says brightly.

          Stout wanted to thank Erica Ballard, a friend of hers that graduated in 2013. “I wanted to be like her my entire life, then she started complimenting me and telling me how great I was doing in things and it just made me want to work harder.”