Letter to the Editor

Thanks for the memories

Friday, May 2, 2014

I realize, as I am about to finish my last semester at Spencer High School, how much I am going to miss my hometown. I was born at Spencer Hospital. I started going to Trinity Preschool and Daycare when I was 2. I met several kids there who are still my friends today. The Spencer Family Aquatic Center was a place to swim in the summer, and now I am proud to say I am a lifeguard there. I attended Johnson Elementary, where I learned to read, write and much more. As my class of 2014 and I made the transition to the middle school, everyone became friends with kids from all the elementary schools. We experienced classes with different teachers, went to dances at the YMCA and officially became Spencer Tigers, playing on different sports teams.

Spencer High School gave us even more opportunities to get involved in a variety of activities and classes. We found out more about ourselves and developed new interests. Getting our drivers license gave us independence from our parents, as we could now get ourselves to school activities. I recently turned 18, and I just received my voter's registration card. I look forward to voting on issues that affect my life.

Though I am excited for next fall, I cannot tell you how much I have loved Spencer High School. It has been awesome attending SHS. I have been a fanatic fan in the stands since my freshman year. I had the privilege of being the Tiger mascot for football last fall. I have been passionate in getting the student section roaring with Tiger pride. We always say, "Tiger pride is hard to hide." I appreciate the education I have received and the relationships I have had with my teachers, friends and classmates. I will miss all of you.

Last week I was fortunate to be a part of The Power of Choice program. It was an awesome experience. Thank you to everyone who helped with it, especially Amy Sievers and Laura Manwarren. I do believe your time and effort spent on this program will make a difference in the choices we make.

As graduation quickly approaches, feelings of anxiety and excitement are a part of my days. But I do feel confident that my experiences growing up in Spencer will give me a great foundation to build on as I work through the next stage of my life. Commencement will be a happy day knowing that I made it, but sad because I am saying goodbye to so many people that have been a big part of my life. I feel a sincere appreciation for what many others have done for me while I attended Spencer Community Schools. I hope to return one day to work and raise my family in this great town. Until then, thanks for the memories and the support I have received from so many of you in and out of school.

Sam Van Berkum

Spencer High School senior

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