In my last few months at Highline High School, I have been reflecting on my team here at Highline. One of the greatest privileges I had was to be a part of the HHS football team for four years. My peers and I took great pride in all we accomplished during our seasons, and the bond we kept during the offseason and the culture we created inside our weight room.
When I came in as a freshman, we had four football players lifting every day. If you were to attend a 5:30 AM workout now, you would see 15-20 players dressed in purple and gold working towards success this fall. The program has come a long way from where we started and I'm proud of our current players continuing that culture of commitment to excellence.
I've heard many say that our team will not be the same without our eleven seniors graduating. My rebuttal to the statement would be, many said the same when we lost sixteen football players going into my senior year. Despite this, in the 2018/19 season we shocked our community by going 4-6 for the first time in a decade. If our team continues on their current track, Highline will not be known as a weak team in our league for much longer.
To close out, I would like to state that it has been an honor to be a part of a team that no one rooted for just a few years ago. Many told me that Highline’s football program would never find success, and that I should transfer to a school that would give me a better opportunity to win. I'm glad I represented this school. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to help build our team from the ground up.