One thing that has always made La Plata stand out from other schools is our ability to come together as a family and show one another immense support in all aspects of high school life. Whether it is comforting each other in times of tragedy, cheering on our athletes, or simply helping a friend study for an upcoming test, it is truly amazing how La Plata can transform into a family.
Our La Plata girls varsity volleyball team recently traveled to the University of Maryland for the state semifinals, and then again the following week for the state finals for the first time in four years. Although they did not win the state finals, La Plata students were more than proud of their volleyball team.
In fact, more than a dozen students piled into cars together and went to cheer for the girls at the semifinals, and even more went to support them at the state finals. “The energy was incredible. We definitely went all out, and let our girls know we were there rooting for them,” senior Jake Lind said, who attended both games. The fact that La Plata students were there cheering at both games shows our ability to be there for each other through the good and the bad.
Perhaps the worst tragedy that La Plata ever experienced was the passing of 16-year-old Katie Murray. Katie was the kind of person who went out of her way to make others feel better. She was easy to love, with an absolutely beautiful and contagious smile.
The morning after she passed is a day no one will forget. The only sound in the school was the seemingly nonstop crying of each and every person in the building. However, the day after that was one of the most inspiring of my high school career. The entire school was dressed in purple, Katie’s favorite color. Even those who didn’t know her wore purple, simply to show everyone else their support.
Through the good, bad, and the ugly, La Plata always has been and always will be a very close-knit school. There is no event to which we will not go and no tragedy we will not help each other through.