EDISON, NJ – As the year comes to a close seniors from different seasons and sports teams who are graduating in the class of 2015 at John P. Stevens High School, share their feelings and thoughts about their last year playing on a high school sports team.
“I’m going to miss spending time with my team and am proud of what we accomplished this season,” Sarah Martinez, Girls’ Varsity basketball player said.
Of the athletes asked, many said that they would miss the team, the coaches, and of course, playing. Others said that they will miss eats, the opportunity to beat other schools, and wearing their jerseys.
“I’m going to miss wearing the number six jersey,” Casey He, Boys’ Varsity soccer player at J.P. Stevens said.
A few are not satisfied with how they did during the season. Injuries, close calls, and losses added to the dissatisfaction but did not cause them to regret their time on the team. Others are overall happy with what they and the team have accomplished.
“I wish I can continue playing and staying on the JPS Golf Team,” Kevin Kim, member of the J.P. Stevens boys golf team said.
But for many, the sport doesn’t have to end here at JPS. Some seniors will play for their school next year or at least join the club sports at their colleges and universities. “I’m looking forward to playing club tennis next year,” Jamie Kang, Girls Tennis player at J.P. Stevens said.
Sarah Martinez is going to Cabrini College, the Cavaliers, and is planning to play on the Girls Basketball team as a guard. She plans to improve her skills and game play in college and hopefully go professional. She is excited and determined to get better and play at the next level.
During her time at JPS, some of her highlights are playing the school rival Bishop Ahr and playing a really good offensive game against them, beating South Plainfield after being down 18 points in the 4th quarter and winning by three.
“Hard work, dedication, and confidence all lead to excellence and help you strive for success.” Debdeep Banerjee, senior on the wrestling team said. “It’s not about winning; it’s about never giving up and fighting till the end.
Elissa Lee, a senior at J.P. Stevens High School, is participating in the journalism program with TAP Into Edison.