Staff’s final message to Seniors



Teachers say a bittersweet goodbye to the senior class.

Duncan: ¨I am so proud of you for making it through these past few weird years! You’re going to do AMAZING things, and I love you all!.¨

Wilcezewski: “Make the most of every day and find just a little golden nugget of knowledge that you can add. Try to be a nice person.”

Jenkins: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky. As seen in “The Office” from Michael Scott. 

Quirke: ¨Don’t be afraid to take risks. Failure is often the best way to learn.¨

Navarro: ¨Enjoy life and come back to visit, even though I never revisited my high school.¨

Pohl: ¨Have a great adventure before your body gives up on you.¨

April: ¨Don’t underestimate the impact you can have on the world because no matter how small, everything you do will make a difference.¨

Pate: “Seniors, you have been through a lot, but you will be tougher and more resilient because of the challenges you have overcome. Best wishes for a great future for you.”

Strandberg: ¨Each of you is infinitely valuable and can do anything you set your mind to.¨

McLeod: “This is when it all starts. Keep following what you believe in, who you want to be, and always be the best version of yourself no matter where you end up.”

Kiriac: “Life is going to throw you so many curve balls but it already has and you made it through 100% of them. Keep going, growing, and glowing. You are one of the most resilient classes that I’ve ever met.”

Garcia: Don’t let your high school grades, GPA, labels or experience define the rest of your life. You’re full of potential and the world is at your fingertips.


A letter from Principal Schmidt:


To the Class of 2022,


Over the past 29 years I have attended 26 high school graduations. Not because I have had to, but because I have always wanted to. It is what I work for as a professional. To see students smile, take their diploma, and walk off stage in front of friends and family is an awesome experience to be a part of. On a personal level, I measure my success as a professional based on the number of students who graduate. I feel both a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that the students I have worked with have completed their mission and will have earned something that no one can ever take away. I also reflect on what I can do better to improve our school programming so more students can join their classmates at graduation. Your success and experience means that much to me and I can’t wait to share this with you on June 14th.


I have been reflecting quite a bit lately about what it means to graduate from high school. It is a funny thing to think back and remember how I was so excited to graduate. Happy to finally be seen as an adult, scared of what was coming next, and wondering if I would be a success. I can remember how I desperately wanted to leave my hometown and go away to school, to get far away from the drama and meet people who didn’t know me. I am sure many of you feel that way right now. You are ready to start something new, something that is your very own, and something that you have total control over. It is amazing how strong those memories are.


However regardless of where you go, you will always be deeply connected to one key place, Sam Barlow High School, because that is where you began to grow up. Barlow just might have been the place where you had your first crush, your first kiss, your first heartbreak, or your first taste of success as a student, an athlete, or a performer. Barlow is the place where you truly began to see the world through your own eyes and formulate who you wanted to be. Sam Barlow High School has left an imprint on you that marks home. Trust me, thirty years from now you will read an article in the newspaper and say, “I went to high school with that guy”, or you will feel a sense of pride when you hear how well a Barlow sports team did, and you will definitely feel nostalgic when your son or daughter asks you about high school. This is a good thing. No, actually, this is a great thing. Cherish the memories you have made, enjoy the fact you are graduating, and take some time to step back and think of all you have accomplished.


Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives, I wish you all the very best. Congratulations Class of 2022 and Go Bruins!