One last time: Meridian senior night

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photo by Karena Ozier

Seniors 2017. Senior athletes line up on the field for senior night. This was quite the emotional night for some. Senior Zach Habermaas stated it was tough leaving the sport behind.

by Andrea Ricker, Editor-in-Chief

Last time marching. Senior band members take the field to be honored for their work. This was their last time marching at a football game. "[Music has] always been a part of me," says senior Bryce Dunn.
Michelle Nottingham
Last time marching. Senior band members take the field to be honored for their work. This was their last time marching at a football game. “[Music has] always been a part of me,” says senior Bryce Dunn.
Senior athletes and band members were honored for their hard work during the last home football game of the season on October 21.

“[It’s great] to recognize the seniors for all their hard work and dedication,” says Zach Habermaas, a senior football player who has been playing since 5th grade. “I’ve played the sport for all my life,” Habermaas added, “Like Coach always says, ‘Don’t be a quitter and always strive to be the best [you] can.'”

Senior night is a way for community members and students to honor the seniors who have worked hard all season. It’s also a last goodbye for the sport that some of which have played all four years. “[They’re] extremely hard workers,” says football Coach Davis, “[They’ve] learned a bunch of skills that they’re gonna carry on for the rest of [their] life; discipline, persistence, being organized, work ethic, physical toughness, [and] character.”

It wasn’t just athletes who were honored on Friday, senior band members were also recognized. “Music interests me and its always been a part of me,” says Bryce Dunn, who’s been playing in the band since 5th grade. “The biggest shock for the school [after I graduate] will be that they just lost a legend.”

Dunn plans to continue playing music after high school. He’ll be studying sound engineering/producing and is considering going to school at Columbia College in Chicago, AMDA in New York, or somewhere in Boston, Massachusetts. Habermaas plans on attending Millikin University for athletic training, and still wants to continue playing football. “There’s always room for improvement and don’t be satisfied with how you are now [always] continue to get better,” Habermaas says as advice for the younger athletes. “We don’t have the numbers in football and I’d just like to encourage people to try out for football because I’ve loved it and I know a lot of other people would too.”

“Keep working hard and don’t back away from a challenge,” Davis says for his football seniors after they graduate high school. He also adds how appreciative he is of all of their hard work.