June marks the beginning of graduation season, where high school seniors end their grade school careers. Senior year marks the start of many changes in the lives of students, and graduation is what puts the students’ plans into motion, whether they are going to college or going into the workforce, or both.
Although senior year is arguably the busiest year, many students say that it was the most enjoyable for them.
“My senior year was actually my best year out of high school,” says Kiley Jones of Harrells Christian Academy. She is going to Meredith College with plans to become a math teacher. Harrells had its graduation ceremony on May 27.
It’s commonly thought students never want to go back to high school once they’re out, but the reason Jones wants to become a teacher is because she enjoyed school to the point she wants to “go on and help other people have a great time in school as well.”
“It was scary as a freshman, because you didn’t know what you were getting into,” said Brady Roberts, an imminent graduate of Union High School.
As students go on to college, these same feelings will be present again. However, high schools are doing their best to help students adjust to their life outside of grade school.
“High school really prepared me for college,” Jones said. “The guidance counselors at Harrells helped me a lot.”
Graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, June 9, for Union High School at 3 p.m. and Midway High School at 6:30 p.m., both at the Sampson Agri-Exposition Center. On June 10, Hobbton High School will be holding its commencement at 4 p.m. at the Agri-Exposition Center, while Lakewood High School will be having its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. at the school. Clinton High School rounds out the graduation festivities with its own at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Agri-Exposition Center.
Reach Mallory Turner at 910-592-8137.