As seniors are about ready to turn over their tassels, we asked a few to reflect on their friendships in high school. Many have maintained their BFF connection since the formative days in Alburtis, Jefferson, Macungie, Shoemaker, Lincoln, or Wescosville. Some formed bonds during tech-ed or communications at Eyer or LMMS. Still, others met this year in public speaking, gym, even study hall.
But will these friendships last once everyone crosses the stage at Stabler Arena and heads out to celebrate the next chapter in life?
Garret Hoffman, ever the realist, understands the difficulties of maintaining friendships when people move far away and when time marches on.
“Odds are, people won’t really stay friends after high school,” Hoffman said. “But it really shows who your real friends are because you’ll stay in contact with them.”
Sam Jansen is anxious about meeting new people but is sure in his relationships in high school.
“I think I already know who my true friends are,” Jansen said. “But in one year, it’ll be interesting to see if I’m right.”
Senior Sameer Lal found most of his high school friends through mutual classes, and plans to stay in contact with most of his friends.
“I met most of my high school friends through classes. You find stuff in common with them and share experiences,” said Lal. “I plan on staying in contact with most of them because they were in an integral part of my childhood and it would be difficult to part with them.”
As a member of chorus, Chorale, and Fermata, Steve VanHorn created many of his friendships in school-related activities.
“I plan on staying in contact with my friends when I go off to college,” said VanHorn. “I’ll stay in the group message and go to the concerts.”
Senior Mariah Kern met most of her close high school friends in middle school, and will miss seeing them on a regular basis.
“I’m going to miss having the chance to see and talk to them every day.”
Seniors Alyssa Barr and Kenny Chang also made long-lasting friendships during their middle-school years.
“I was friends with [my close friend] at Eyer Middle School and I’m still in contact with her,” Barr said.
“I mostly met my friends through Eyer and a few from church,” Chang said. “I will probably keep in touch by texting them and sending letters to my friends going into the Army.”
Pictured: Mariah Kern and Garret Hoffman
Photographs courtesy of Mariah Kern and Garret Hoffman, design by Cathryn Seibert