GRAFTON, Mass. - It has been almost three years since the ballots for the construction of a new Grafton High School were calculated and finalized. Ever since tt was announced that my class, the Class of 2013, would be the first senior class to attend the new structure, my ears have been filled with the words of jealous kids saying something along the lines of “Having to transfer into a new school for your senior year is going to be tough.”
They were right about the challenge of transfer into a new building for a senior yea. However, it is a great challenge to have and the Class of 2013 is taking it on with open minds and doing so as a class united.
On Aug. 28, we stepped through doors that resembled the gates of heaven as we witnessed for the first time, the commons area that was completely engulfed by sunshine blasting through the windows that enclose it. We then gathered into the auditorium that showcased a stage fit for a Broadway production, but we were only privileged enough to listen to Principal Jim Pignataro address all four classes at once for the first new time in the new school.
He stood on stage and spoke to us about how privileged we were to be sitting there in a brand new luxurious auditorium. He told us that the school was ours to maintain and how he wanted the new school to have a student driven environment where the students play the roles of leaders and create the new traditions today that would always derive back to us.
The senior class took these words and quickly got to work with the help of administration and began transforming a section towards the backside of the commons area into a “senior meeting room.” The room is approximately the size of a classroom and is surrounded by crystal-clear glass windows that partially look into the commons area and partially over look the new turf athletic fields
A $4,000 donation was generously left behind by the Class of 2012 to help us purchase new furniture for this space.
The room has helped our senior class to come together and enjoy our final year here in Grafton as a whole. This may only be one of the new traditions expected to be kicked off this year but if you ask the seniors, we will tell you it is the most impacting. As the classes of the future are spending their senior year enjoying this room, they will be looking back on us, the Class of 2013, the class where it began.
GHS Journal is a weekly column written by Grafton High students focusing on student life inside the new school. Tyler Reilly is a senior at Grafton High School.