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School is out and we’re ready for our next adventure

Read the latest column by Gianna Sieke. Sieke recently graduated from Pawhuska High School and is enrolled at the University of Oklahoma with plans to study sports journalism. The Osage News staff wishes Gianna the best of luck and to take it easy on the rest of the students at OU's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. #BoomerSooner

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” – Kerry Washington

Congratulations to all of the Class of 2022 Graduates! The Osage Nation takes pride in your hard work and dedication and would like to wish you all the best for the future. You are the leaders of tomorrow!

High school and college years are full of memories, adventures, and dedication and we have just accomplished something that marks a huge milestone in our lives.

The Graduating Class of 2022 has gone through hardship, considering we just survived a pandemic that shut down productivity at schools across the world. The entire world had to adapt to virtual learning, which is still prominently used today. This school year has been filled with ups, downs, and crazy Wi-Fi signals but it is finally coming to an end with the months of May and June coming to close.

The last week of school was a little hectic. Semester finals, graduation practices, senior breakfasts and get-togethers. Time flies by so fast and when the entire class walked through the Pawhuska Elementary schools and middle school, time caught up to us. Memories of the first day of 1st grade and glances of the years gone by flooded our brains as little kids gave high-fives to everyone and hugs to their favorite seniors.

The Senior Breakfast made students cry and laugh as goofy and adorable photos blessed the projector screen. Not everyone in our grade was close, but that day brought us closer.

After the breakfast, students prepared themselves for the night ahead, the graduation ceremony. As students filed into the gym, they couldn’t help but smile. Greeted by some of their #1 supporters and teachers who had helped us along the way.

As I walked up on that stage, preparing to read the list of names, I was proud. I was proud of the people that surrounded me. When my classmates stepped on the bottom step of the stage, I gave each one a smile. In that moment we all realized that this would be our last moment seeing all of us together. We grow old and grow apart, maybe new bonds would bloom out of memories made on this last week spent together alone, whichever the case is, I am wishing everyone the best.

Keep doing great things and stay resilient.

Gianna Sieke recently completed her internship with the Osage News. She has enrolled at the University of Oklahoma for the fall and plans to study sports journalism.


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