Contributing writer: Mirna Martinez | Images: CCN Manassas —
Monday, June 8, 2015 was a very special day for the community of Manassas. Osbourn High School’s seniors were finally graduating after attending elementary, middle, and high school. We watched as friends, family members, and teachers congratulated them. There were memories shared and hugs exchanged. It was truly a night to remember.
At first it seemed as if it would be a gloomy day. The skies were cloudy and there would be heavy rain in the afternoon. Two hours before the ceremony began,rain started pouring just as predicted. However, just before it seemed the weather couldn’t get any better, the rain stopped suddenly as if knowing we had a special night ahead of us.
The ceremony started by introducing the class of 2015. Ms. Cathy Benner, Osbourn High School’s principal, introduced the senior representatives: Megan Underwood, Mollie Pryzbocki, Laura Lopez, Sabrina Bracero, Monica Kochurin, and Trevor Hittinger. The crowd watched as they gave speeches that reflected their high school career. From the beginning of freshman year, 15 years old to the end of senior year, 18 years old.
By the end of the ceremony, there were tears shed as we all watched the seniors get up and get their diplomas. We were all proud to know they had made it this far and that they were all ready to begin a new stage in their lives. The community had watched these kids grow up. Some of us even grew up with them and watched them in our neighborhoods or in the hallways of Osbourn High School.
It was a scene to remember as the navy blue caps went flying in the air. Many of the parents and teachers were also left reminiscing about their high school years. Although we were sad to say farewell to the class of 2015, we knew they were all going to bigger and better places.
Whether they intend to pursue further education, enter the military, or go into the workforce Manassas will always welcome them with opened arms.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau