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    Seniors soak in their last Gonzaga moments

    From left to right, seniors Tommy Siracuse, Finn Cousins, and Jack Wood sit together and eat lunch. (Photo from Jesse Dolojan)
    By Jesse Dolojan—

    Walk onto Buchanan Field, and look around. The sun shines onto the turf. The sky is blue, and the clouds look like white tufts of cotton candy. Take a deep breath of fresh spring air. What a beautiful day! Making your way to a circle of chairs, with all of your friends around you. You begin unmasking and start to open your tray of hot food from Sage. With the world’s biggest smile, you start to dig in. Hours later, it dawns on you that this is one of the last times that you will eat with your friends as a Gonzaga student. 

    As seniors who have spent four years on Eye Street, we have all worked hard in our high school journey to grow as both scholars and men. It is so hard to believe that this incredible journey is finally coming to a close in a matter of days. 

    “The last four months have flown by. I can’t decide if I should be excited, anxious, or scared; it pretty much changes every day,” said Luke Elliot, senior. 

    Seniors who wanted to have a complete final year on Eye Street have been challenged, to say the least, by this year in the middle of a pandemic, but they’re all extremely grateful for the chance to even have school. 

    “Sure we may have lost some fun teacher-student interactions, but, hey, now when we go to class on campus, it feels that much more special,” said Eamon Passey, senior. 

    A normal school year may have been taken away from seniors, but now small moments like eating with friends or going into class are that much more special. 

    “I am so insanely grateful that we are able to spend time in person this year; I missed seeing different, real-life people every day….[t]he spontaneity is something that makes this place so special, and it’s great to have it back,” said Luke Elliot, senior. 

    Seniors strive to leave behind a strong legacy and set a good example for all underclassmen to follow. 

    “I have loved getting to really work at leaving a legacy in the remainder of my time on Eye Street,” said Jack Doolin, senior.

    Senior Jack Doolin studies for his classes during his free period. (Photo from Jesse Dolojan)

    The pandemic has challenged all of them to work through an unprecedented year of challenges, but many are all grateful for the chances they have to make our final year at Gonzaga a great one. 

     “There is so much that we have lost, especially as seniors, but I have also been able to stretch myself to be involved in different ways around campus and have gotten close to so many of my brothers that I don’t think I would have otherwise; it would have been nice to have had a traditional senior year, but I am overwhelmed with gratitude for what I did experience,”  Doolin said.


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      Pam ValeirasMay 7, 2021 at 5:41 pm

      Soak it in!!!