Four years of  memories, and one defining moment

Ryan Shows

Ryan Shows

It is hard to believe that on June 8, the ConVal High School Class of 2013 graduated amongst a full crowd of family, friends, teachers and administrators.

It seems like just yesterday that we entered the doors of ConVal as freshmen.

ConVal has experienced change and immense improvement over the past three years thanks to the community, the teaching staff, the students and the amazing administrative staff.

As I stated in my speech at graduation, “When we entered the doors as freshman four years ago, ConVal was ranked 47th out of 75 public high schools in New Hampshire. As we stand before you today, I am proud to say that we are recognized as the second best school in the state.”

This is truly amazing, and this is something our entire community deserves to celebrate.

There are so many amazing memories that have been made at ConVal. I would like to tell you about one that was created just a week ago that I believe defines our class.

After returning from a senior trip to York Beach for a clambake at 9 p.m., about 90 seniors showed up at ConVal at 4 a.m. to participate in a senior prank.

Don’t worry, it wasn’t anything like putting dead fish in the heating vents or cascading the trees with toilet paper, it was something much better.

The class made a huge circle of cars, blocking off teacher parking and some of the student parking, in order to create a volleyball court and an area where everyone brought grills, mini-pools, camping chairs, etc.

Amongst the smells of steak, bacon, eggs and pancakes there was some dancing, featuring one of our most daring seniors, and laughing all around.

When 6:45 a.m. rolled around, we saw the outline of Mr. Pickering’s car in the background.

Amongst cheering and chanting, Mr. Pickering didn’t ask us to clean up our prank, but joined in, playing volleyball along with the dean of students and other teachers as well. This is what defines ConVal: We are a strong community of administrators, teachers and students alike.

What a great four years.

The members of this class are going to do great things in the future.

Ryan Shows was president of his senior class at Conval. He will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy.

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