The time has come. I’m about to be a 2018 high school graduate. It’s crazy to think that I could even get this far. I thought I was going to drop out and get kicked out because I couldn’t handle everything that was going on around me. Let alone get up at 5:00 in the morning to get ready for school. High school itself has been an amazing experience for me. I learned what happens in the real world and how people can actually be. I lost people and I made friends. Right now this is my tribute to them. It’s different but they deserve to be thanked. I already thanked all the teachers and everyone who helped me get here and now it’s my friends turns.

Steven Rue: Thank you. Thank you for making me laugh when I always needed it. Thank you for having funny facetime conversations with me. Running to me at 12:30 in the morning because you’re bored. I love you dude, you’ve become my best friend in such a short amount of time and no matter how much I may be an asshole, you still put up with me. I have so much love for you it’s crazy. Thank you for being Steven and loving me with your whole heart.

Cierra Halliburton: We’ve had ups and downs but always seem to find a way back to each other. I love you so much man. You’ve been my best friend for years and I’m always thankful for the things you have done and continue to do for me. I’m thankful for your parents giving me a place to stay when I really needed to get away from my house. I appreciate you listening to me when I needed to vent. I hope after graduation you become one of the most famous tattoo artists there is. You’re amazingly talented and it deserves to be shared with the world.

Kaelan Weatherly: Wow wow wow. You have done so much for me and I haven’t even met you yet. You’re one of a kind. I’m so proud of you for recently discovering yourself and I hope I made you proud. You’re not only one of my best friends but you’re a sister to me. You’ve done more than anyone would ever want to do for me with the distance between us. I can’t wait for the day that I meet the person who I look up to. I’ve told you more about me and my life than I have with anyone else that I’ve become close with on social media. You were there when I lost people and when I gained people. You gained my trust so quick and I know originally we weren’t even trying to be friends but I’m glad this is how the universe wanted us. I love you Kaelan. More than you’ll ever know.

Abby Bauman/Alissa Benedetti: You two. You two are my kids. I love you both so much. I love the rest of my newspaper kids too but I’ve grown such an amazing bond with you two. You two have always looked out for me and I will always look out for you. I have so much love for you two. I have faith that you two are going to do amazing things. Remember this as well, just because I’m leaving doesn’t mean that I’m gone forever. I’ll always be there for you two for as long as you need me. I know how you guys get and I know that sometimes you just need someone. I’m here for the both of you. Thank you for everything that you two have done for me.

I lost a lot of people during senior year. Let me just say that I don’t wish you the worst. Your time will come. I hope nobody hurts you like you have hurt me. I like to think of it this way, you made me the person I am. I am a person who doesn’t take anything from anyone due to the heartbreak you have caused me. I trusted you but I didn’t lose my trust in other people. Maybe you’ll do great things or maybe you wont. Either way, take care of yourself for the sake of your families. It was nice while it lasted but I’m onto better things. All of them without you. Take care.