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Future bright for Clarkston graduating seniors

May 01, 2013 - "School's out for summer, school's out forever..."

Seniors all over the country are looking forward to the end of bells, bus rides, marginal cafeteria food, getting up early, and freedom. After graduation, they'll start the next chapter of their lives.

For the Clarkston High School Class of 2013, myself included, graduation is only a few weeks away and many of the seniors have begun countdowns leading up to the long-awaited day. While events like Prom and the All-Night Party are exciting, most students are focusing on graduation and what comes after it. A countless number of seniors will be attending college, both in-state and out, while others will be joining the military to protect our country.

For most, deciding on a college can be a difficult selection. For senior Alex Harrison, the choice was easy.

"The environment and standards that are enforced and upheld by others at Brigham Young University-Idaho is something I've longed to experience," she said when asked about her decision to attend BYU-I in Rexburg, Idaho. Her cousin, Stephanie, is the only family member to attend this campus. Many of her other family members attended BYU in Provo, Utah.

Harrison will be majoring in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. She is very enthusiastic about writing and was a staff member of the CHS Newspaper, Paw Prints, for the past three years.

"I'm a social butterfly and always thrilled about meeting new people so I know this is the right career for me," Harrison shared.

Like Harrison, senior Spencer McIntyre will be attending college outside of Michigan. Her school of choice? Arizona State University.

"To make the decision for school there were a lot of factors, especially cost, school quality, and scholarship money," McIntyre stated. "What it came down to was my strong desire to go out of state and the scholarship I received."

What's intriguing is McIntyre has no family in Arizona, only some family friends, which means this move will be a big step for her. But she's very enthusiastic to start her journey into the world of public service. She plans to create a non-profit organization in the future.

"I'm majoring in Business with a focus in Public Service and Policy while minoring in Music Performance," McIntyre said. "I'm very passionate about helping other people while still maintaining my music career."

McIntyre has been involved in drama and theatre since middle school. Some of her passions include singing and writing music. She recently starred as Mrs. Potts in Clarkston High School's performance of Beauty and the Beast.

Senior Beth Chaney decided staying in-state was the best choice for her. She will be attending Michigan Technological University in the fall, where her parents are both alumni, to study Pre-Veterinary Science.

"The campus is beautiful, and they had the program I wanted to pursue which was very important, of course," Chaney said. "Plus, with an engineering school, I'll have classmates who have the same goals and drive that I do."

To achieve her desired career, Chaney will have to attend four years of undergraduate school and four years of graduate school to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Science. But she is ready for the challenge and can't wait to dive in.

Senior Alex Dicea, who has played football for Clarkston Schools for ten years, chose to stay closer to home and attend Western Michigan University, majoring in Business and Finance. One of the factors in Dicea's decision to go to WMU was the number of friends from Clarkston also attending.

"I'm really looking forward to starting school in September so I can get my degree and work on starting my own company," Dicea stated.

As for me, I've decided to live at home, work, save money, and attend classes both at Oakland University and Oakland Community College. I plan on majoring in Business at OU while simultaneously taking classes at OCC to figure out where my interests lie.

Since I was a child, I've wanted to be a writer and I hope one day that dream will come true. In the next four years or so, I will further my education through schooling and traveling.

As teenagers, we have no idea how our future will turn out but finding our true passion and sticking to it will help us live the lives we deserve. Congratulations Class of 2013, you made it.

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