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Memorial student made senior year memorable

JULIAN CAVAZOS

By JULIAN CAVAZOS
June 4, 2010 at 1:04 a.m.

Alanna McCurry hugs a fellow graduating senior at the last graduation ceremony for Victoria's Memorial High School.

Alanna McCurry did everything she could to make her senior year the best year of her life.

Besides keeping up with her grades, she made sure to go to prom, participate in extra-curricular activities and spend plenty of time hanging out with friends before they all go different ways.

"I had so much fun my senior year. I went to all the school events and sports events," she said. "I wanted to remember how my life has been before I go off and start new in college."

The 2010 class was the last class of Memorial High School before it closed down to become the Advanced Learning Center and Special Events Complex in August. The majority of Victoria high school students will either go to Victoria West High School or Victoria East High School.

High school was when Alanna went from being a quiet, reserved girl her freshman year to a social butterfly by the time she graduated.

"It's very exciting to see how much you change throughout the four years," she said. "I branched out and learned to connect with other people outside my group. I've really learned to become more vocal and more social."

She had a busy senior year. Alanna played varsity volleyball, varsity track, participated in Health Occupations Students of America, worked part-time at Hastings, and took a full load of Advanced Placement courses.

Alanna's positive attitude stood out to Jayme Pauley, her volleyball coach.

"She's passionate about the things she does in life," Pauley said, who has known Alanna for a year. "Whether on or off the court, she was always a positive person. She brightens up your day. She's always smiling, no matter what it is."

Alanna was also president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club this year.

The club helped her stay grounded in her faith in God, she said.

"FCA helped me stay focused on God because there's so much going on with school and with sports," she said. "FCA helped me to stay very focused on God through all of my extra-curricular activities."

Through FCA she helped organize service projects, such as a field day for children at Northside Baptist Church, and sorting cans for the local food bank. She also helped organize Field of Faith, where area athletes united at the MHS stadium and shared testimonies of God to each other.

Victoria Gonzales, the MHS FCA sponsor, has always admired Alanna's faith in God.

"I have seen her grow up into a beautiful young lady," Gonzales said. "Her faith and her family are a big part of her upbringing, which I think are very good foundations for any young person to have."

Alanna also had a fun time with friends at her senior prom. Friends gathered at her house to get ready before taking off to prom.

"It was really fun getting dressed up and going to the dance and seeing all the cute dresses, and just dancing and having fun," she said. "It was definitely a night to remember."

But now, all her school classes and extra-curricular activities have come to an end. She is preparing to attend Texas State University this fall to study something in the medical field.

Alanna's dad, Gregory McCurry, is ready to see his oldest daughter move on to the next chapter in her life.

"We've invested 18 years in her in the right way, in a Christian and Godly manner," her dad said. "Now it's just time in the process for her to go on. We're excited to see how she responds to life's challenges and think she'll do well."

Now that Allana's high school career has come to an end, she can look back with many memories of high school.

"I wanted to have something of high school to remember and to look back on before I graduate," she said. "I finally did it."

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