Once we finished our mock courtroom day, we started turning in our Academy items.
Each day we each got a bit more anxious.
Test day finally arrived. We couldn't think straight from the time we arrived that morning at 7am until we began the test! This test was what we had been studying our tails off for weeks and weeks!
We all finished the test, but the results aren't known until later.
The rest of the day we were to run Lookout Mountain as a team but we all knew the run would be more fun if we knew our test results!
Finally, as we were all stretching for our run, the results were in...we all passed!
All that was going through our heads...we did it!
I have never been so excited to run up a mountain in my life. It is tradition for academies to finish at the top of Lookout Mountain, and we did.
Now that the test was over, and the run was almost finished, we all could focus on graduation and getting our friends and families where they needed to be for the ceremony.
Some days we felt like we were never going to graduate. Some days seemed to take FOREVER to finish, some weeks took an eternity to get through, but sitting on the stage during graduation I remember thinking, "it seems like we just started."
There we were...the final week of the first ever Combined Regional Academy. Everything seemed surreal. On Monday we would not be in the classroom together. The fact that everything we have been learning is now real. No more role players. No more climate control environment. No more 10 minute breaks every hour on the hour.