The seniors have started in on their college searches and applications and are working to fill them all out before spring deadlines.
During the winter months, Newtson instructed the students to focus on what careers they might be pursuing after they graduate as well as where they wanted to attend college. Many of them have decided to go to Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton for varying specialties, “It was difficult to pick exactly what I wanted to do but I knew that whatever I did, my parents would be proud,” said Senior Sean Phillips.
Two seniors Darla Holden and Sydney Moore want to go to school in hopes of pursuing a teaching career. While Holden plans on specializing in elementary education, Moore hopes to specialize in High School Math, “I just don’t connect with middle schoolers or elementary schoolers, so high school was the only option and I love math and my math teacher,” said Moore.
Holden had a very different outlook on her specialty, “I’ve always liked kids and kids have also liked me, Elementary Education truly seemed like the only option,” said Holden.
While these two girls were figuring out exactly what they wanted to do, they were also filling out college and scholarship applications. Moore is applying for a number of scholarships as well as having completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). “The scholarships and everything is a lot, and no one ever talks about it until you get there,” said Moore. Holden has decided at the moment to only apply for one scholarship, the scholarship she decided to pursue is a scholarship funded by women to support women. She is very hopeful to be selected as a recipient based on her connections to the people behind it.
While the girls have worked hard to prepare themselves for college, it has not been in vain. Before they left for the school’s annual ski trip in late February, they found out that they both had been accepted to the college of their choice and now are eagerly exploring options for classes in upcoming college semesters, “I’ve already been accepted, now it is just a matter of getting scholarships and finding the time to register,” said Moore.
Along with their college prep, the girls have also been doing some things to help with their graduation. They have been helping their class put together their guest lists and ceremony on May 29; they have also been hard at work making their senior slideshows and choosing their class quote. The ceremony will take place in the Helix Gymnasium on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend at 2:00 pm.
Both of their contributions will make a large impact on the ceremony and their futures. Their Senior Success teacher is sure that they’ll be ready when it comes time to put on their cap and gowns this May.