The Tigersharks represented well at the 2018 Conference Finals! The Girls Team took home the championship trophy and, personally, I turned in PRs in the 200 and 500. The biggest news was setting the new 500 Freshman Record with a 5:39.05!

You’ve survived another trip around the sun, and survived so much in the year of that journey. You had a fantastic 8th Grade Year, crushed Lebanon Middle School, and set several records on the swim team, making a ton of people so proud of you in the process. Now, you’re tackling high school like it is nothing, quoting back to me my own words of wisdom that “High school is a joke.” We’ve also lost the cat that was around since before you were born, and then added a brand new one to our family. Sometimes, we think you love that cat more than us (even though he doesn’t want you to pick him up! Ever! Stop it!).

Through all of the old & new, you’ve demonstrated the same beyond-your-years wisdom and courage that has always been the foundation of your character. You’re still a teenager, and have plenty of teenager moments, but are so smart and perceptive that it is easy for us to forget that fact. As long as you continue to get good grades and stay out of trouble, we’re all in on balancing those lives with you. Letting you explore and discover while giving you a backstop of confidence and comfort. Encouraging you to be social and involved, while being your sounding board and guiding voice of principle. But most importantly, watching you set and accomplish dreams and goals, while getting out of the way and cheer-leading while you do it!

As I’m just about to start my Freshman season on the high school swim team, they got around to updating the middle school record board. We’re very proud of our accomplishments and can’t wait to paint our names all over the high school board!

Another 3.1 miles are in the books! Finishing on the 50 yard line is pretty cool, but I think the boys liked the free snacks the best.

Here I come, Lebanon High School! Good luck in 5th Grade, Parks!

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