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Overcoming trials offer strength, success

By CADE LARKINS

David Crockett High School

When I was told that I would be writing an article for the paper, I knew without a doubt that I’d be procrastinating until the very last minute.  However, what I failed to foresee was that I’d be writing it in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. 

So, I figure it is very apropos to take a second to reflect on this situation and why I know we will get through it.  

For me personally, there is no other way I’d expect to end what one would call a very unpredictable and interesting high school career. 

It all started with an unexpected move from Texas 14 hours away from the life I had grown accustomed to and loved.  Fast forward two years: I’m on my fifth football coach and third baseball coach, for reasons that I’m sure have been in the paper enough.  

Then, we skip to senior year, and guess what we run into. COVID-19. A virus with a price. 

A price that could cost my boys and I our senior year of baseball, or even prevent my peers and I from walking across the stage in May.  

Though I could sit here and complain all afternoon — Lord knows I have nothing else to do — I’d much rather talk about the positives of my unconventional experience as a Pioneer. 

Through all of these challenges and the constant mentoring of many coaches and teachers I’ve learned many life lessons.

  How to truly work hard, even if you’re in a situation where you don’t know if you’re going to play another game. How to fight through adversity, even whenever all the odds are stacked against you. How to lead, even if there’s no one out there that thinks you can do it besides your own team.  

In this adversity came many new records, and accomplishments. Ones that I don’t believe would’ve been possible without the constant support of this community and faculty at my school. Two of which that I’m most proud of are signing a football scholarship, and achieving the title of Valedictorian.

  Beginning high school, neither of these were perceivably possible in my mind; however, constant support and determination derived from trials and tribulations can go a long way. 

It just goes to show that some of the most exceptional things are provoked by the worst situations.

This brings us to our present situation in COVID-19. Though it seems as if life has stopped now, I’m confident that we’ll only come out of this stronger and more unified.  Especially in Washington County, as it is a part of the “Washington Way.”