Senior athletes celebrate their final seasons

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Senior athletes celebrate their final seasons

The field hockey team shows appreciation for their seniors. Many student athletes consider their teams as their family.

The field hockey team shows appreciation for their seniors. Many student athletes consider their teams as their family.

The field hockey team shows appreciation for their seniors. Many student athletes consider their teams as their family.

The field hockey team shows appreciation for their seniors. Many student athletes consider their teams as their family.

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One night a year, Northwest dedicates a ceremony to seniors who have committed themselves to the sports they love. Field hockey, volleyball, tennis, cross country and others spend this occasion applauding these soon-to-be graduates, and thanking them for the efforts they’ve put towards their teams.

“You spend all this time giving it 100 percent, not even knowing if it’s going to work out,” senior Grace Johnson said. “Then everyone sees the work you put in; they love you for who you are.”

Johnson moved to Northwest during her sophomore year. During this time, she debated whether or not to play volleyball for the school. After deciding she would, she hasn’t regretted it. Most seniors feel a similar pride in their sport, and struggle to watch their final season end.

“It took me a minute,” senior Madison Williams said. “It was weird to think that this was the last year that I get to play.”

Williams finished her tennis season undefeated. For many seniors, this night was a wake up call: graduation, and college, are fast approaching. However, it wasn’t about the future; it was about celebration.

Seniors Leila Ganim and Madison Williams pose with flowers. The last tennis game was held the same night as their senior night.

“It’s not just about (seniors), it’s about the whole team and how we bonded together,” senior Jessica Schmid said.

The hardest part of senior night is the realization of what the end of the year will bring. There’s no coming back to play again next year.

“(Senior night) is bittersweet because you do all these practices and it all leads up to one final night and then you’re done,” senior Diana Leib said.

Leib ended her season with an injury. Although not ideal, the outcomes since the start of this season show her cumulative efforts. Even during challenging times, athletes must strive to the finish with determination.

“I enjoyed the sport so much that I wanted to keep playing no matter what,” senior Samantha Gregory said.

Playing field hockey, Gregory has seen her share of intense moments. Her passion for the game is what motivates her during triple-overtimes. But once the games are over, and practices are done, what players enjoy coming back to are their teams.

“I love my team, I love my girls,” Johnson said. “I couldn’t imagine not playing.”

Senior nights allow athletes to celebrate each other and remember what brings them together. Through wins and losses, hardships and triumphs, the memories are treasured long after graduation.

“I always knew (the season) was going to come out good in the end,” Schmid said.

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