Year of firsts: Marian looks back on memorable 2015-2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 8.24.36 AMAs the 2015-2016 school year draws to a close, a look back reveals a year of firsts for the Marian community. Though the year was full of exciting moments, a few stuck out as particularly memorable.

This fall marked a momentous season for the Marian softball program. Senior Emily Cheloha’s favorite memory from this school year was helping her team take home Marian’s rst ever softball State title. “Winning State Softball for the rst time in Marian history was the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced,” Cheloha said. The team ended with a season record of 29 and 3.

The outcome of the exciting game was decided by a grand slam, hit by junior Brook Linderman.

“The second the ball hit her bat, we all went crazy … I will never forget the way I felt in that moment,” Cheloha said.

Both Marian’s Dance Team and Show Choir enjoyed new experiences this year through their rst year competing. The Dance Team competed in the State Tournament and received seventh place in the category of Pom. “It was such a good feeling to show other people what our team could do and what we had worked so hard for,” junior Dance Team member Meg Gudenrath said.

Marian Momentum, Marian’s show choir, also enjoyed their rst year of competing. “Being a part of the first show choir was absolutely amazing! It took a lot of hard work and dedication … but I can’t wait to see how far the show choir goes,” senior Molly Fisher said.

Marian Momentum’s first competition was a learning experience. “Our first competition
was honestly terrifying,” Fisher said. “Though we didn’t place highly, we learned a lot from the rst competition and also decided that we could only go up from there.”

The rest of Marian Momentum’s season was a successful one as they continued to learn from their different competitions. They eventually received fourth place at the Lewis Central competition.

Principal Susie Sullivan ’80 has enjoyed a successful first year at Marian, too. “Every day is Surprise Day when you’re a new principal!” Sullivan said. Sullivan’s favorite memory happened during the Senior Class Mass. “When all of [the seniors] put [their] arms around each other and were singing. [It was] very special to witness,” Sullivan said.

For the 193 freshmen of Marian, however, every moment was a novelty. Each of their experiences can be de ned as a “first.” Freshman Joey Carollo especially enjoyed her recent experience at her first Field Day.

“I honestly can’t pinpoint one part that was my favorite, but performing my Field Day cheer with some of my closest friends was de nitely something I’ve looked forward to for a long time,” Carollo said.

Carollo’s “freshman experience” has been enjoyable, though it did take some getting used to. “Too many times have I walked to the wrong block or forgot to go to homeroom and end up sprinting down the halls to try and get to my class,” Carollo said.

Though sometimes difficult, Carollo has enjoyed her freshman year. “It’s so much better than grade school, and I’ve met so many new people,” Carollo said.

The 2015-2016 school year has truly had an impact on the Marian community. The memories that have been made will remain as historical moments.

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