After walking Pattonville’s hallways for four years, there is one thing that inspires students to keep moving forward: graduation. For many seniors, including Daija Loggins,  they are looking forward to bigger and better things.

Loggins said her most memorable year during high school was her sophomore yea because it was her first at Pattonville. She transferred from St. Elizabeth Academy.

The transition from St. Elizabeth Academy to Pattonville was overwhelming. The major difference between the two is Pattonville is co-ed and is a public school.

Being the new kid is not easy. Loggins stated that being the new kid was “awkward and as if everybody was staring at me.”

Overcoming being a new kid is hard until meeting someone that can make you feel comfortable. For Loggins, it was when she started making friends and her experience at Pattonville started to get better.

Throughout high school, there are classes that are more enjoyed than others.Loggins most enjoyed Mr. Newton’s World History class. She said “he is the best” teacher.  Powerwalking for Loggins was the least enjoyable. Loggins said, “It’s just not enjoyable.” In powerwalking, students walk the halls doing laps, and Loggins said she would always hear Mrs. Ivies say “Put a little pep in your step.”

Students get stronger after they experience hardships.

In 2008, Loggins experienced a major hardship: she lost her grandmother. After her grandmother passed, she realized that she had gotten stronger from that experience.

”Losing her was like losing a big part of me and taught me to cherish every moment.”

After looking at the past, Loggns is able to look forward.

When Loggins gradates, she will miss “the people and the teachers and always having friends to talk to in class.”

After graduation, Loggins is looking forward to attending Northwest Missouri State University and studying education.

“I chose education because teaching fits my personality.“ She intends on being a second grade teacher. She said she finds second grade to “be one of the most influential grades and everyone remembers their second grade teacher.”

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