Like most high school seniors, Marissa Lally feels as though graduating is “bittersweet.” High school, an experience which she calls the best of her life, has flown by and Lally finds it difficult to believe that “[she will] be on [her] own soon and going to school in a different state.”

An active participant in the Malden High School community, Lally has played softball since her freshman year of high school, and states that she has made “long lasting friendships” because she was a part of the team. She is also grateful for what her 13 years playing softball has taught her: be a “responsible, hardworking, and loyal individual.”

In the fall, Lally will be attending the University of New Hampshire, where she will be majoring in Athletic Training. She states that she has always wanted to major in something heavily involved in science, and she wanted to help people in the future. After graduating from UNH, she would like to continue her education and eventually become a Physician Assistant. While excited for this new experience that is so rapidly approaching, Lally “[can not] believe it’s already here.” She will miss seeing her friends every day, and a couple of teachers who she developed close friendships with as well. Lally leaves content however, knowing that she was able to keep up with her grades, which “meant a lot to [her],” and that she was involved in sports.

Although she does not plan on continuing her softball career playing in college, Lally will take the lessons she has learned and will keep them with her forever. She states that she will miss the team the most because she has “never been a part of such a bonded team.” According to Lally, everyone on the team is supportive and always picks one another up. For Lally, the true proof of their love for the game was that although their record this year was not as good as last season’s, that “did not take away the fun of the game...[They] all just love being there together.”

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