Seven hundred and twenty
days: thatís the time I have spent at
Corona del Sol High School. Thatís
17,280 hours or 1,036,800 minutes. And,
after these four years of schooling, I
can say it was well worth it.
Corona has been my second
home for the past four years. During
that time I have seen changes in the
world, our community and in myself.
At Corona, I have
transformed from a relatively shy
student to an outgoing young adult ready
for the next stage of my life.
I have learned how to
derive a math function, how to analyze
the theme of a novel and how the brain
functions. But more importantly, I
believe I have learned how to be
successful in the future.
Life has less to do with
whether one can solve a formula or
rattle off historical facts than with
knowing how to create and maintain
At Corona, with the
highly competitive academics, athletics
and variety of clubs, a student can find
a place to fit in and develop these
relationships. That is what I think is
the best part of Corona.
In these 720 days, I have
seen my friends win state championships,
be accepted into prestigious colleges
and win scholarships. I have been to
concerts, planned a senior trip and been
in a dance show (despite my two left
feet). All of these I thought I would
never have the bravado to do.
School has also given me
the opportunity to explore my options.
As I entered my sophomore year, I
decided to take journalism (neither my
mom nor I know why I wanted to). After
the first year I really enjoyed the
class and the work involved, and it grew
even more from there.
Next year, I will be
majoring in journalism. I donít know if
it will turn out to be a career choice,
but I enjoy it and want to see where it
In these 17,280 hours I
have created lifelong memories. Pictures
from dances, football games and other
experiences will forever be instilled in
I will remember the four
years I spent on the golf team trying to
represent my school to the best of my
My mom always told me
that elementary school got you ready for
middle school; then that middle school
got you ready for high school, and then
that high school got you ready for
If thatís true, I feel
completely ready for college.
What I have learned in
both the Kyrene and Tempe schools has
taught me what the right answers are,
both educationally and morally.
In these 1,036,800
minutes, I have laid the brick to
hopefully a successful future, and could
not picture myself doing it any other
place but Corona.