by Nadya Osman '19
It’s not easy to decide on an all-encompassing idea that represents your grade in one word. It’s not easy to make the word somehow fit a 1 and a 9 in it. And surprisingly, it’s not easy to decide on it by being stuck in a room for three hours, but that’s what we did – all ninety of us.
To decide on such a theme, Judy Ahn and I, respective Vice President and President of the senior class, led a long, agonizing process of throwing out ideas, writing pros in silence about each one, discussing and sharing opinions out loud on each idea, narrowing them down, and ultimately doing a few rounds of voting, with lunch somewhere in between. In the end, it came down to two themes, and I still remember the argument people made for legendary: the word could not only be representative of a memorable class, but it could also speak to what kind of a legacy we will leave behind. This is the part of the theme that is most important to me, and I would venture to say it is for the rest of the grade as well. What do we want to be remembered for? What kind of a mark do we want to leave on this community?
Such a concept was presented in the reveal video that Nicole Cason made along with help from the Reveal Video Committee. We showed it in class meeting the day before the reveal, and sitting there among my eighty-nine other classmates caused an eruption of emotion. I cried. I cried for the diversity of talent shown in the video, I cried for the future, I cried for the past, I cried for the legendary class of 2019. I cried even more when I looked around and saw that the rest of the class was in tears as well. In that moment, it really hit me that this was our last year together. That “oh my god” moment solidified itself right before the reveal, as well.
Standing in the stairwell behind Schifter Court, the air was full of excitement and emotion. Some people were crying, some were jittery, and others were completely stone-faced. In any case, the air buzzed with emotion and energy as I made my way to the door and placed my hand on the handle. We stood in absolute silence for a full minute and held our breaths. We had dreamt of this moment ever since we were freshmen. The air was about to burst. As the beat drop approached and the pace of the music increased, I waited and listened for the line I knew all too well: “It’s going to be legend – wait for it – wait for it – wait for it – wait for it – dary! Legendary!” As soon as I heard those words, I yanked open the door, sprinted into the open darkness, and leapt onto the stage with my entire class besides me, struggling yet cheering in our clunky costumes. The exhilaration I felt is unmatched to any other experience I’ve ever had. In that moment, the school recognized us as legendary.
Yet, even though we are just announcing it now, we have always been legendary. We always have and we always will be a legendary class not just in what we do but in how we treat each other. How we come into school every day and bring a certain energy that can’t be found elsewhere. How we see each other as one big happy family, and how we can make screaming to Mamma Mia in a haunted orphanage fun. I am so proud to be a part of such a class. To 2019 – cheers, you legends.