By Mirolla Mekaiel
For many seniors, the past six years making up their high school career flew by. From freshman year being cut short because of COVID-19 to sophomore year being online or hybrid, this year has marked an official return to a normal school year and the respective sports seasons.
From playing in junior high to advancing into varsity, seniors have shown dedication, commitment and love for their sport. Senior athletes are making sure that their last fall sports season is one to remember.
“I’m trying to learn as much as I can from my team and give this season everything I’ve got,” senior Joey Hoffer said.
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Volleyball players Noah George and Hunter Dunn, boys varsity football and boys varsity soccer display their dedication to their sport as the fall season comes to an end.
For most senior athletes, this is the last fall sport they will ever play. Other seniors, however, will be continuing their athletic careers in college.
“My family is definitely sad to see my last high school season in field hockey since they’ve seen me grow to love the sport over the years. But, they are excited to see me play at the next level at Molloy University's Division II field hockey,” senior Caley Caleca said.
Dedication and hard work has driven many senior athletes to be the best version of themselves on and off the field. On the field, many seniors are pushing themselves to help their teammates in moving on to playoffs towards the end of the season. Off the field, many are making sure to build their relationships with their teammates and cherish every remaining moment.
“I’m sad that this is my last fall season. The days definitely flew by very quickly," senior Jake Chew said. "My teammates have helped me throughout the years, and they are excited to see me succeed in the next stages of my life. I’m glad that I decided to do cross country in 7th grade because throughout the years, I've built so many memories and friendships that I will cherish forever.”
Excited to be moving on to the next chapter of their lives, senior athletes are ready to use the lessons they have learned from playing sports in the real world. Although New Hyde Park Memorial will miss these hard working senior athletes, the school is excited to see what the athletes will accomplish in the future.