Graduates decide next steps after May 18


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Seniors play games in the library to celebrate their last year.

As seniors prepare to graduate, each of them are faced with the question: What’s next? For some, the answer is straightforward, college. As for others, the path forward is less clear. For those seniors who are unsure about their next steps, there are a variety of options available. Some may choose to take a gap year, work, or even volunteer before deciding on their next move.

   “I’m most excited to continue working, start making more money and just doing my own thing,” senior Gage Whitaker said.

   Whitaker plans to stay in Warsaw and work for his family business and eventually take it over.

   The first WHS “Decision Day” was held April 5 and took place in the gym, then later in the library. Root ed advisor Bobbi Swisher named off all of the seniors and what their future plans look like. 

   “I believe the next step can be difficult because they are going into the unknown.  They have never faced ‘adulthood’ and some students tend to freak out, however

I know that some are ready and prepared for their lives to change,” Swisher said. 

   “It was cool to see what all my other classmates are doing after high school,” senior Tayten Boyer said. 

   “Decision day was a great way for the seniors to come together and just celebrate each other and our success. There are a lot of students in the senior class that I don’t talk to very much, but I was really interested to know what they are doing after high school. So, this was a great way to do that,” senior Ashlyn Laue said. 

   Later, the seniors got to go to the library where games were set up, prizes were handed out, and a photo area was placed where the students could take fun pictures. 

   “We got to play games in the library and just spend time as a senior class,” senior Abby Dendish said. 

   Seniors are choosing to attend colleges all over the country.

   “I’m going to play football at Grandview University and further my education,” Boyer said. 

   “My plans after high school is to attend Truman State University to major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and then go on to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon or sports physician,” Laue said. 

   “I plan on going to Northwest Missouri state university to major in elementary education and then work for the department of defense out of the country,” senior Jazzmyn Swisher said. 

   Being a teacher and watching seniors leave can be hard but as these seniors get ready to take on the challenges of their next chapter, encouragement and advice is sent their way. 

   “Do not take life for granted. You are going to experience great times and tough times.  There will be a lot of highs and lows. Remember your core people to lean on when you high a low,” math teacher Amy Spunaugle said.