After a long winter, spring has finally arrived in the Upper Peninsula. At least it appears to have arrived; we may yet have a snowstorm or two, knowing our unpredictable weather. To me, spring is a time of new life and excitement after the cold winter months, and many things are going on during this season. In my own life, there are numerous examples of events and activities happening because of the springtime.
One eternal sign of spring is love. Birds pair up and build nests, and many other animals find their mates in the spring as well. Another way this shows is in high school dances: most schools' proms are in the spring. Marquette held its prom, which I was thrilled to be attending as a sophomore, on April 20 at the Marquette Regional History Center. While the weather did not cooperate entirely - it was cold, with snow still on the ground - prom itself was a wonderful experience. For me, it made it feel like spring had truly begun, which seemed rather questionable judging by the weather.
Along with spring also comes one rather unpleasant thing, tests. For some reason, schools have decided that the best time to test their students is during beautiful spring days. But whatever the reason, there are tests, and more frighteningly, exams. Spring marks the beginning of the end of the school year, and this is when middle school and high school students are tested on what they have learned throughout the year. Since I am in two AP (advanced placement) classes, I find this time of year especially scary and stressful. Reviewing all the material we've covered in the class and preparing to take a test on it is difficult, not to mention having to keep up with other homework as well. I'll be very glad when that part of springtime is over.
Exams bring good news as well, though; school is almost over! Spring is generally the time when students are the least interested in schoolwork, because they are looking forward to the freedom of summer vacation. The weather is lovely and the school year is nearly finished by now, and I personally am about ready for school to end tomorrow.
Another thing related to the end of the school year is spring concerts. The band, orchestra, and choir concerts in the spring are often the best, showcasing the improvements the students have made since the beginning of the year. These spring performances are often very energetic, because the kids realize how close they really are to the end of the school year. MSHS has already held its orchestra and band concerts, and the choir performance will be this week.
Spring comes with its share of holidays as well. Today is Mother's Day, and Father's Day is coming up in June. Celebrating our parents and remembering what they do for us is an important springtime tradition. For Mother's Day, my family gathers at a restaurant and has brunch together, with presents and cards. The weather is usually nice by this time of year, and looking at the flowers on the way home has become a ritual for us.
Overall, spring is a beautiful season and I'm delighted that it has finally begun. I believe we were all getting rather tired of winter.
Editor's note: Maggie Guter, 15, is a sophomore at Marquette Senior High School. She is a long time member of 8-18 Media and is also involved in in sailing, skiing and piano. Her parents are Jake Guter and Mary Doll of Marquette. 8-18 Media is a youth journalism program of the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum. Through the program, teams of kids write news stories and commentaries on issues important to youth and about any good, or bad, things youth are up to. For more information call 906-226-7874, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.