by Sasha Ryu
When the state-wide shelter-in-place mandate was announced, countless LGHS seniors joined forces to keep school spirit alive. In many ways, being separated physically brought this year’s graduating class closer than ever before. Now, however, school is officially over, and, even though the seniors can’t say their goodbyes face-to-face, we wanted to give them the opportunity to share their personal statements with each other. Here’s what the Class of 2020 has to say about their past four years at LGHS.
“I am so incredibly thankful for my experience at LGHS. I have made so many great friends, have had so many amazing teachers, and have made the best of memories at Los Gatos. From attending football games to participating in spirit week, it is evident that our student body is the most spirited and supportive group around. I’m going to miss LGHS so much next year. Once a wildcat… ALWAYS a wildcat!”
“As someone who moved to Los Gatos from a country on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean (The Netherlands), I was both nervous and excited to do my last two years of high school at LGHS. It was a little scary to be thrown into a completely different environment where I had to speak English all day, but I adapted to everything pretty quickly and it wasn’t long until I felt at home here. I wish I could have spent more time here and I am really sad that this year was cut off so abruptly. However, I am also thankful for all of the experiences I have had in these two years; I have made new friends here, I really liked my classes and teachers and I also fell in love with wrestling, which is a sport I would have never thought of doing before I moved here. These past two years have been the best ones of my high school career and it was an experience I won’t soon forget.”
These last four years at LGHS have been everything I could’ve imagined. I’ve met some of best friends and made lasting memories. Even though our year didn’t end as expected, I’m glad that I could finish my high school days alongside my people. I will miss so many things including high school soccer, the graphic design room, hanging with my friends, and most importantly being alongside all of my classmates everyday. Thank you Los Gatos for everything you have taught me and I hope to be back soon :))
I’m beyond grateful of all that LGHS has given me during my time here, but I think the most in awe of the amazing staff. Somehow, every single teacher and administrator here is passionate and amazing; they make this school a place where I want to be. Examples that come to mind: the guitar-building project with Ms. Peters, Fractured Follies, everything about Ms. Grasty. My junior year, on the second-to-last day of school, Mr. McGlashan led a ‘60s-style protest of Cole Taylor’s portrayal of Richard Nixon in our presidential debates. We made signs, chanted, and Mr. McGlashan’s parents (who had actually protested in the ‘60s) showed up. These are the learning-in-action moments that our teachers go the extra mile for that I will never forget.
In my four years at Los Gatos High School, I learned how to tell time without a clock, how to make the best guacamole in the world, and what it means to be revolutionary.
I was lucky enough to have creative, passionate teachers who integrated everything from sword fights to The Matrix in our curriculums. I’ve run through the rain with my classmates, met a Holocaust survivor, and even had a Mulan sing-off. But these events were not always just for our enjoyment; they aided us in our learning and enriched my life with one of a kind experiences. I will not always remember how to derive equations, but I sure know how to make a delightful Croque de monsieur.
Throughout the opportunities Los Gatos has given me, I was able to quite literally travel across the world and back. I stood in awe in front of the Sagrada Familia, watched the sunrise over the sea in Catalina, and ran through the terminals of LAX with my English class.
I was challenged at Los Gatos in ways I could have never dreamt of. To attain my P.E. credits, I joined the swim team. I had never swum competitively before in my life. I could barely tell you what a breaststroke was. But at the end of the season, I was in better shape than I had ever been in my entire life and my times even qualified for CCS.
In the theatre, I conquered my stage fear the first time I performed at Unplugged and became a regular participant in school talent shows for years to come. I was even encouraged to try out for our local teen-idol and made it to the semi-finals.
I gained confidence from my time on stage. I forced myself time and time again to try out for the school musicals, talent shows, choir solos, and a cappella groups. Over time, I learned how to be confident in myself and carried it with me to other areas of my life.
My classmates continue to inspire me every day with their creativity, drive, intelligence, humor, and kindness. I have laughed until I cried, smiled until my cheeks hurt, and cried until I laughed. My peers, friends, and teachers have impacted me in countless ways that I cannot even begin to recount. I have found solace and grace in the most unlikely of places, encouraging me to better myself and extend a hand to those who may not appear to always need it.
Nothing will ever compare to the laughs I have shared with teachers, classmates, and friends. It is one of those things you cannot truly explain because you were so engrossed in the moment that it is impossible to recapture its essence. There is no value I could ever put on these memories that have bonded us to the point of inseparable.
Although I am deeply saddened to say that I will never have a final choir concert, attend my senior prom, walk down the steps at graduation, recreate my freshman year rally pictures, write my college on the whiteboard, and say a proper goodbye to my teachers, I am still immensely grateful for the experiences that I did get to have which I will cherish for a lifetime.
I will forever hold close to me the mornings where I would walk across the front lawn with the sun on my face, stand to cheer at a touchdown, the first time I walked through the decorated hallway for spirit week, every moment backstage in the theatre, and every individual who made me smile during my time at Los Gatos. Thank you, my dear Los Gatos High, from the bottom of my heart.
My experience at LGHS has been a good one. Up until recently, life was pretty nice. And, even with my senior year cut short by a wide variety of awful world events, I’m still hopeful for the future. We’ll make it through this and things will improve. Seems like, given enough time, they always do.