Archive for Thursday, May 21, 2009

Seniors prepare for life after high school

May 21, 2009

Seniors bid farewell to De Soto High School Saturday. The 89th class of De Soto High School now prepares for life outside the confines of a high school classroom.

On Friday, four seniors reflected about high school, their plans for the future and offered advice to the class of 2010.

Patrick King is looking forward to having more freedom and a life that isn’t completely scheduled.

Patrick received a scholarship to attend Baker University. He plans to study business and theatre and minor in music.

Over the past four years, Patrick participated in a number of extra-curriculars including Thespians, LITE team and madrigals.

Joining Patrick at Baker are fellow graduates Hannah Smith and McKenzie Thompson.

Hannah plans to take theatre classes at Baker, and then transfer to Portland University after a year or two.

Hannah received a half-ride to Baker, when all her scholarships are combined.

Thespians and Madrigals were two of the biggest activities Hannah took part in at DHS.

After receiving academic and leadership scholarships, McKenzie decided Baker was her school of choice to study medicine.

“I’ll miss the teachers a lot,” McKenzie said of her relationships she’s built over the past four years.

Come fall, Ashley Sweeney will be attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., to study biology.

Ashley chose Oral Roberts after receiving a full-ride to the university.

Over the past four years, Ashley participated in girl’s golf, scholars bowl, National Honor Society and LITE team.

While, Patrick, Hannah, McKenzie and Ashley are excited to start a new chapter in college they’ll miss the halls of De Soto High School.

“I’m going to miss all the friends I’ve made over the past four years,” Ashley said.

Preparing for life after high school began months ago with college entrance exams and scholarship applications.

Counselor Cindy Crabtree said seniors were on pace to collect record offerings in scholarships.

Crabtree said she doesn’t release an amount because scholarships come in many different packages, “some are for four years, but sometimes a students doesn’t go for four years.”

Ashley said, Crabtree updated seniors regularly about available scholarships both locally and at different universities. The school also allowed students to attend college fairs and other events to obtain information on scholarships and schools.

Hannah said attending Scholarship Day guaranteed a scholarship to Baker.

While the seniors are leaving the title of senior behind, another group of students is about to take on the challenge.

“Don’t get senioritis too early,” McKenzie warned the class of 2010.

Hannah advises future seniors to not stress about the little things.

In regards to preparing for college, Patrick advises the class of 2010 to start making decisions early.

“Look for scholarships early,” he said. “They disappear after December.”

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