After four years, it all will come to an end for the Downingtown West class of 2006. Graduation is finally here for the senior class, and the culmination of 13 long years of education will come to a head.

"I'm excited about graduation," said senior class vice-president Kai Lawson.

Lawson, who will attend Howard University in the fall, has actually been done with finals for several weeks. As part of a career placement program at the school, Lawson has had the opportunity to intern at Lil' Drumma Boy Records in Philadelphia to finish out her senior year.

"I interview artists and I just finished working on the newsletter last night," said Lawson. The chance to intern for a record label is an opportunity that will help Lawson when she begins college in the Radio, TV, and media field.

"The school tries to get seniors out in the real world early," said senior class president Kristie Resetco. "CAT Brandywine and Allied Health students are already graduated and some are working already."

While Resetco, Lawson, and senior class treasurer Roseann Bertone are ready to graduate, they will miss the times they had at West.

"The musical was really fun, we did Les Mis," said Bertone, who will attend Case Western Reserve University in Ohio in the fall. "The prom was pretty fun; tasting the food for prom was fun, too."

Lawson is looking forward to not having class as early as in high school.

"I'm looking forward to just being done and not having classes before 9 a.m.," said Lawson. "And the freedom."

Bertone and Resetco also are looking forward to the freedom of being away from home and on their own. While freedom is still a few months ahead, the trio also will miss the memories they made and shared while in high school.

"Dr. Watson's beginning of the year speeches were great," said Lawson.

"We all loved the senior lounge," said Resetco. "They gave us a big couch."

Whether it was football games, spending time with friends, or just spending some down time with themselves, the graduating class of 2006 can look back on their four years of high school with fond memories and a great sense of accomplishment.

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