This story is one of a continuing series, highlighting the lives of Paoli High School graduates and their reflections on high school life.
High school is a time for friends, exciting adventures and especially a time to be cherished. For Holly Vincent, this still remains true of her high school years. Vincent was a graduate in the class of 1992 from Paoli High School. Every day created a new memory for Vincent and her fellow classmates.
“My best memories were times spent with my friends, keeping stats at football games and taking pictures at basketball games,” said Vincent.
She spent much of her time taking pictures and developing them in the darkroom for the perfect yearbook photographs.
“One of my favorite pictures I took was of the cheerblock storming the court as the final seconds of our sectional win winded down,” said Vincent.
Vincent’s pictures are featured many times in various yearbooks of her high school years, capturing pictures that perfectly document her as well as her friend’s memorable times.
Many things have changed within the social norm of students’ lives since Vincent was in high school. Every night, she and her friends would talk to each other for hours on the phone, pass notes to each other between classes and hang out every chance they got.
“We talked on the phone nightly, wrote notes to each other at school and passed them between periods and hung out together much more than students today do. Now, kids text to talk to their friends and don’t know how to talk to people on the phone,” said Vincent.
After graduation, students are usually excited to pack up and leave onto new adventures in a new world, but for Vincent, a different path was waiting for her. Vincent’s path led her to return to Paoli to take up the offer on a speech-language pathologist position. Though the thought of moving on to a new town did pass through her mind, she was still led back to Paoli.
“Billy and I were adamant about not returning to Paoli. Billy got a job offer at Electricom that he couldn’t pass up and Mr. Barker retired the year I graduated. I think God was trying to tell us something,” said Vincent.
After returning to Paoli, Vincent was granted the open speech pathologist position, which led her and her husband to reside in Paoli and raise their two children in the same town they grew up in.
Vincent is very thankful for her time in high school and the time spent with friends. Whether it was late night phone calls or keeping football stats, every moment was a time to remember.
“I don’t have any regrets about my time in high school. I don’t think I could have worked any harder than I did. I loved all the activities that I was in and enjoyed being around my friends,” said Vincent.
Story by Maggie Vincent