Marissa Lomis, Class of 2019

Four years ago my anxious self smiled in my driveway while my dad took a picture to signify my first day of high school. I felt uneasy. I had witnessed two of my older sisters experience Louisville. In fact, my childhood consisted of sitting in a car seat and winding up Topanga Canyon road with my mother to hear my sister speak of yet another day within the blue gates. Now, I had evolved from my car seat and my curiosity regarding Louisville was going to be answered.

If I had told my freshman-year self that I was going to find a home at Louisville, I would laugh in disbelief. Yet, four years later, I can confidently say Louisville is more to me than simply a school, it is truly my home.

Perhaps the daily fist pumps from my physic teacher or the ability to be my crazy, and often ditzy, self with my friends has cultivated a home. Or, it could be derived from the unwavering dedication of every faculty member that makes me feel truly cared for. From dance class (where Ms. Powell spent precious time showing me how to dance without looking like a flopping fish when she could’ve easily tucked me in the back) to my history classes (where both Mr. Telesca and Mr. Clark have dedicated their Saturdays to ensure the class’ understanding and knowledge) I have realized Louisville cares about me. It is the type of care that transcends beyond preparing me to receive an A, rather Louisville has bettered me as an individual.

Here I have truly become empowered. I will never forget my utter frustration about an injury sophomore year that ended my basketball season. As I crutched around Louisville, I yearned for another passion. Louisville gave me the confidence to embark on a search for what truly makes me happy beyond the basketball court. So, I timidly tried out for the musical and achieved the renowned part of princess #12. I tried something new even though it terrified me - because I had a community of people who are free from judgement and only want the best for me. I ran for ASB Spirit Chair and was trusted to account for the spirit of Louisville and work collaboratively with my fellow ASB officers. And I am proud to say that my best friend and I were defense lawyers for the Louisville Mock Trial team. Four years ago, my freshman-year self would not believe I could be a basketball shooting guard, princess #12, ASB Spirit Chair, and a Mock Trial defense lawyer. Anywhere else this probably wouldn’t have been possible. But I have found a community that gives me room to try, strength to fail, and the support to forge ahead.

Through good and bad days, and the most difficult and testing times, one thing stays constant: the Louisville community. And it will stay constant after I graduate. This is a home I will never lose.
"Four years ago, my freshman-year self would not believe I could be a basketball shooting guard, princess #12, ASB Spirit Chair, and a Mock Trial defense lawyer. Anywhere else this probably wouldn’t have been possible. But I have found a community that gives me room to try, strength to fail, and the support to forge ahead."