November 10, 2011,
When I was in elementary school and middle school I always looked forward to the end of the year. No, not because I wanted it to be summer (back then I loved school more than anything and never wanted it to end - shocking, I know), but instead because I got to look through my brother’s high school yearbook. I was so infatuated with the high school yearbook and how amazing it was. I could spend hours flipping through the pages, reading the articles, staring at the pictures, and reading all the captions, but my favorite thing had to be looking at the senior superlatives. Whenever I got to this part of the yearbook I would get so excited. I’d look at the pictures in awe, and hoped to win a superlative of my own when I was a was a senior.
When I actually became a senior in high school, I took yearbook. This was probably one of the best decisions of my life. I wish that I took it my other years as well, but I’m glad that I at least got one year out of it! I miss it more than anything, but that’s not the point of this post. When I was a senior, my chances of winning a superlative were looking slimmer and slimmer. Sure, I had friends, but not nearly enough to be nominated for a superlative or win one. On top of that, I assumed nobody really knew who I was. I have this theory that unless I’m good friends with someone, nobody knows who I am, so I figured that no matter what there was really no chance at me winning a superlative. All of the people that did know me, knew that I wanted to be an actress more than anything. When we found out “Most Likely To Be Famous” was a category, they all immediately put me down. I was so happy, but I knew I still didn’t really have a shot.
When people were handing in their ballots, I would see my name on sheets of people I didn’t even know. I was beyond shocked. Did I actually have a chance at winning this? When it came to the final counting of superlatives, we decided that if the results were close we’d have a round two and if one person outnumbered everyone else in votes they would just get the title. I want to say around 150-200 people actually participated in the voting. Some people left some sections blank, some filled in everything, some people took it very seriously, while others didn’t take it seriously at all. When it came down to the final tallies it was determined that I had outnumbered everyone else in the “Most Likely To Be Famous Category” and that I had received over 70 votes. I didn’t even think 70 people in my grade knew who I was, and yet I had won. I had won something that I had wanted ever since I was in elementary school. Something that I thought I had no chance at. Something that actually fits the title I won: Most Likely To Be Famous. It’s something that not many people get, and something I want so badly, and yet something that I may never achieve. Yet this little wish and dream I had when I was a kid that I thought was nearly impossible was granted to me. Winning this superlative, as small as it may be, showed me that anything is truly possible if you set your mind to it. One day I hope to actually live up to my title and live out my dreams.
*Photo taken by Stephanie Knipe