During my time here at Olean High School I have learned many things. I have
learned about how some of the greatest leaders in American history thought, how to
dissect a pig, and how a vote could cost Olean School District millions of dollars.
Not one of my classmates in the Class of 2011 would have graduated with the
success that we have had without the staff here at Olean High and on behalf of my class I
would like to thank all of the staff and faculty. All of the teachers have been there to help
all of us since we were freshmen.
Life has changed a lot for me since my first year when I was scared to even come
to this school. I viewed high school as a very intimidating place and I am sure that many
of my classmates did as well. Talks about life after high school began once I entered
high school. When I first arrived here I really didn’t put much thought into life after high
school, but now it is time for everybody to make a decision regarding what they will do
with the rest of their lives.
This past year I was pretty excited for my senior year and I was expecting it to be
memorable. What I did not expect was hearing the constant hammering and drilling of
the construction workers that have been working in my school since the very first day.
And all of the inconvenience could have been prevented just a few short years ago. The
government was planning to give out billions of dollars to city and state projects in order
to stimulate the economy to try and get out of the recession. One of the proposed projects
would have allowed Olean High School to improve its facilities. Many of my classmates
and I were very excited about the proposal. The proposal consisted of all of the
renovations that are ongoing right now and a brand new athletic field and complex.
Except instead of having the government pay for nearly all of the renovations, a much
larger percent was put into cutbacks by the district which included cutting staff, and
increasing taxes. So in the future if the government is basically giving out money then I
would please urge everybody to look into the proposals carefully and make an informed
decision about school projects because they may come back to haunt you.
I would like to congratulate my classmates on the accomplishment of graduating
from high school, but being around for a situation that cost my school millions of dollars
was fairly discouraging and is something that I hope never happens again.