Wilsonville High senior Katie Trese discusses all that's currently taking place at her school

Ah, the sweet smell of spring. Flowers are blooming, and the shy Oregon sun is coming back out. The better weather lifts your mood, adds some spring to your step, and if you're a high schooler — probably stresses you out too. As the earth heats up, so is life at Wilsonville High School; and right now we're in the peak of it all.

In AP classes, students are cramming (and honestly so are the teachers) for the highly anticipated AP tests of May. Weekend study sessions and weekday late nights are all expected for what we hope is adequate test preparation.Katie Trese

Our extra-sciencey students are taking it to the next level this spring too. The robotics team certainly did so by going to the International Competition in Houston earlier this month, and our Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) participants by making achievements in the regional and state competitions.

Whether it's track, tennis, baseball, softball or lacrosse, athletes all over the school are practicing and competing their way into districts, playoffs and state.

There's no way to forget the arts either. Every day our theatre department is refining their British accents for their latest production of "Pride and Prejudice," that opens May 18. Our a cappella group, Soul'd Out, and choir ensembles are showcasing their vocal talents at state and a final concert. Of course there's also our ever-talented band and jazz band whose members seem to be so incredibly busy that it makes me wonder if Mr. Davies has found the way to manipulate


How could we forget the most high school-esque event of all — prom. Don't laugh, it's actually a serious time commitment. After two years of arranging bus plans, dinner for a large group, hair and makeup appointments, what to wear, and who to go with, I feel qualified to be a wedding planner. All the while our Springfest princesses are working on their leg strength to perform the perfect curtsy.

Everywhere I seem to look, flowers and students are blooming. So while the warmer weather entices us to lay out in the sun all day, as senioritis stricken graduates-to-be complain about their lack of motivation, and as student's schedules are loaded up Sunday to Saturday, it's important that we take time to stop and smell the flowers — because summer is just around the corner.

Katie Trese is a senior at Wilsonville High School.

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