Central seniors to remember friendships made

Cady Hockman

WOODSTOCK – Seniors at Central High School are ready to take the next step after graduation, but will never forget the bonds forged over the last four years.

Cady Hockman, 17, of Maurertown, said she was especially grateful for the work of her teachers.

“We are able to learn so much about the arts in particular because our teachers make an effort to do that and also because we’re already interested in it, so we’re just going to want to keep pursuing that,” she said.

Cady said her teachers have really pushed her to be her best and learn more everyday and she said she will miss seeing them because they care deeply about their students.

“The fact that I can come here and have people who genuinely care about bestowing knowledge upon me and are willing to have me succeed,” she said, “and they’re giving me so much more than I’m asking for.”

She added that she has learned a lot from her peers as well because everyone has different experiences that have shaped their lives.

“I’ve definitely learned that everybody is living a life that’s as complex, or more complex, than my own and that’s mind boggling,” she said. “It’s incredible and just existence and the human experience is ridiculous and so expansive.”

While at the high school she has been a part of the National Honors Society and played soccer for a few years, meeting people she hopes to continue friendships with for the rest of her life, she said.

“It’s very obvious that the bonds between us are very strong,” she added.

She advises incoming freshman to make the most of their high school careers, think positively and try to change negative influences by taking control of their lives.

“Everything is what you make it,” she said. “You always have a certain amount of control in a situation. So if you’re not happy with where you are, then you can take efforts to change it.”

After graduating from Central High School she plans to attend Lord Fairfax Community College to receive an associate of arts and science degree and then transfer to another school.

Central Graduation

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Central High School

Graduates: 189 graduation candidates.