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(From left) Chrysta Joy Jaucian, Allison Gomez and Lauren Turner in front of the Falcon Family wall.
"Well, this is it," senior Chrysta Joy Jaucian sighed. "Our last first day of high school ever…."
For most students, the first day of school is a time of excitedly looking forward to the year ahead and reminiscing about the summer and the years of high school past. For the seniors of Incarnate Word Academy, the first day was a bittersweet combination of desperately wanting to fast-forward to graduation day and wishing time would slow down and give them more time with the friends they have come to call sisters. There were very few first-day jitters; students entered the doors with their heads held high, full of ideas of what they wish to accomplish in the coming months.
"This year, I plan on taking a more active role in my electives and making an impact on the underclassmen," explained senior Becca da Jose, who is in choir and handbells. "But college applications and grades definitely weigh heavily on my mind."
The future was on everyone's minds as they entered under the red awnings two weeks ago. College applications, grades, figuring out how to say good-bye to friends can become a borderline apocalyptic whirlwind of questions without answers. As summed up by senior Lizzy King, "It's the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine."