Story by Alexandra Hohenlohe '17
WIL17. Though it is (probably) not our theme, this four-letter word was everywhere this past Wednesday. On our outfits, in the songs we blasted at 8 AM, on our cars, on the sidewalks, and on the stickers we plastered on people in lieu of writing on them. Tourists walking around the Close on Wednesday probably thought that the NCS student population was overtaken by either animals or fellow tourists (shoutout to fanny packs).
But I promise that this spectacle wasn’t just a one-day thing. If you’re familiar with the NCS senior class, you would know that WIL17 isn’t some randomly selected word that happened to fit 1 and 7 into it (let’s be real, you can make any word do that). Being wild is as much a part of NCS 2017 as the numbers in our graduation year.
Flashback to ninth grade. After fighting the good fight and protesting the middle school dress code the year before in a skit that none of the high schoolers saw coming (or even wanted to), we made a decision during our freshman retreat. Obviously, the appropriate comeback from our eighth grade skit would be to go absolutely ballistic on stage, dressed in absolutely ridiculous clothes, for a few minutes that would be weird for us and slightly painful for everyone else. The 17YSFUNCTIONAL skit was indeed dysfunctional, but despite the fact that the skit received many critiques, no one could argue its accuracy in describing our class. These few minutes stick out for a number of reasons, one being that it was one of the first times we all fully realized how wild our grade was. I distinctly remember thinking, “Oh, so other grades aren’t like this?” I had always just taken the overwhelming energy and creativity of my grade for granted.
But 2017 has come a long way since the very beginning of freshman year, despite our wildness remaining ever present. Having encountered many obstacles, both individual and collective, I can’t even begin to do our grade justice in the way it has overcome what seemed to be insurmountable challenges and rose up stronger and more united than ever. During these tougher times, the wild side of our grade has materialized in its utterly bold approach to any and every challenge. I can confidently call NCS 2017 brave, resourceful, and brilliant. It isn’t just the wild in each of us that makes this true; it is our collective spirit that characterizes our grade and brings out the best in the individuals that make up the whole. We help each other out and lift each other up, all with the help of a Facebook group where we can complain about anything and everything.
Throughout our time at NCS, our grade has managed to maintain a great sense of humor, a willingness to make connections with people from around the Close, and a huge amount of ambition that I know will drive us forward in whatever comes after high school. NCS 2017 has already made such a big impact during our time here on the Close, and I am looking forward to all that we will accomplish this year, because I know that it will be both meaningful and WIL17.