“There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.” This was the quote from the musical Hamilton that I decorated my graduation cap with last week at the Moriarty High School graduation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my high school experience due to my wonderful teachers and close friends, but I am incredibly excited to be moving on to the next chapter of my life.

In the fall, I will be attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix to study Theater Arts. After auditioning at multiple schools, this theater program is the one I feel is the best fit for me to study a broad range of theatrical skills including acting, music, directing, design, management, and production. I have my amazing supportive family to thank for encouraging me to pursue my goals, and Ms. Valdez, the choir director of Moriarty High School, to attribute my performance experience to.

While leaving high school can be incredibly sad as graduates leave behind friends, organizations, and experiences that have changed us, I see the future as the next big adventure. Thank you Moriarty High School and the Moriarty-Edgewood community for preparing me to start this adventure.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.