For me, Senior High has been all I’ve ever known. The family history I have within this school is something I have always cherished, and I strived to keep the tradition alive. I’m not sure how I got so lucky to have been able to have OHS as a part of me my entire life, but I have enjoyed every moment of these many years as a Red Devil. Walking these halls the last few times before graduation will be difficult to comprehend, and it doesn’t seem possible to be graduating already. Saying goodbye to the place that I grew up in will be so bittersweet, but I have memories to hold onto for a lifetime.

I grew up walking to every football game, and I would sit at the top of Rash Stadium with my grandparents, feeling on top of the world. As a little girl, I never missed the annual run from Lil’ Abner and Daisy Mae. As silly as it seems, my childhood dream was to be Daisy Mae and that came true my final year of high school. I have always loved every part of being an OHS fan. The atmosphere at any sporting event is something I will miss dearly, and I will never forget the memories I’ve made through watching sports. From being captivated by the Friday night lights to cheering on the basketball team at the state tournament, I continuously find myself reminiscing every win or loss I’ve witnessed. Being a fan of the Devils has given me some of my most valuable memories with family and friends. Some things never get old.

The arts department has brought out a side of me that I didn’t know I had and has lead me to some of the most creative and devoted people I have ever known. From learning to play violin in third grade to singing and dancing as a senior, I have made unforgettable memories through song. I am grateful to have been apart of such a historic piece of Owensboro High School and having gained an appreciation for all aspects of artistry.

Finally, being an athlete at Owensboro has been one of the greatest parts of my high school experience. I look back at my fifth grade self and laugh at how far I’ve come on the softball field and how much I have grown as a person. I will forever cherish the long bus rides to soccer games and all the friendships I have made over the years. Athletics have taught me that giving up is never an option, and becoming your best self takes hard work. Wearing an Owensboro jersey gives you a sense of pride that no one can take away from you.

Owensboro High School will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I feel blessed to have been placed within the walls of such an amazing home. I will forever be thankful to all of the staff members who pushed me to be my best even when I doubted myself. I am also thankful for all of the relationships that I’ve made, the life lessons I’ve learned, and the love that I have for this historic school. No matter where I end up or how far I go, I find peace in knowing I always have a home at 1800 Frederica Street. Forever I Love the Devils.

Yours Truly,
Emma Kingsley

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