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Departing editor offers graduated wisdom

By Andrew Atallah ’10
Co-editor in Chief

As the year comes to a close once again, another group of seniors departs from Brophy.

Unfortunately, it is my class’ time to leave Brophy, and the administrators were right when, what seems just like yesterday, they said that Brophy would be the fastest four years of our lives.

I still can’t fully grasp the idea that this “group of seniors” is my class; the guys I have gotten to know so well during my time here.

As cliché as that sounds, they definitely had a point, but my fellow classmates and I have managed to accomplish a lot of great things during our short time here.

In terms of sports, we have managed to win championships in football, volleyball, tennis, soccer and swimming just to name a few.

For better or worse we were the first all Tablet class at Brophy and will be the last class to have enjoyed the presence of Mr. Jim Gmelich ’87, former dean of students.

Alongside all of that success has come tragedy. Words cannot describe the pain that our senior class, and the rest of the Brophy community, felt when Robby Mayasich ’10 passed away.

Prior to this tragedy I was already incredibly thankful for how close our Brophy community was. The way in which we responded to this accident exceeded all expectations I could have ever had for our school.

All of this change also means that The Roundup will be changing hands at the end of year.

I like to think that Co-Editor in Chief Dallas Ducar ’10 and I have done a great job moving The Roundup into this era of new technology.

We have ushered in a new Web site, Facebook page and sports Twitter feed.

We are leaving this year knowing that The Roundup will be entrusted in capable hands with Eric Villanueva ’11 and Ian Beck ’12 running the newsroom, and will have opportunity to grow and change after we leave.

Next year I will be beginning a new adventure at Barrett, the Honors College.

I feel a little hesitant knowing that I will be leaving the tight-knit community of Brophy and attending the biggest university in the United States.

My advice is to never forget all of the faculty members and students at Brophy who have inspired, helped, disciplined or guided you towards achieving great things.

This is, after all, a community and a unique one that we will surely come to miss once we leave.