Sure, the last year of high school is something our students work towards. It’s an exciting time full of possibilities and potential and idealism and changing the world and being the change and most seniors asked will say, “It happened so fast. It’s like I blinked and I’m here.”
Here is also quite serious.If you are Felecia, here is good planning. It is having passed all the state tests. It is going into your senior year with the majority of your graduation requirements already accomplished.
“I have everything. I passed all my state tests. I really don’t have anything to worry about other than just passing my classes. All I need is three credits to graduate now. I’m taking seven classes. At first its actually kinda challenging, you’re trying to be on top with all your studies, but after your junior year it starts being easier. The tests are very stressful. They’ll make you second guess yourself. You wonder, ‘Am I going to be able to graduate?’ You just have to sit down, close your eyes, take a deep breath, count to ten and know you can do it.”
Felecia sat down with Principal Savage and QHS Counselor Mrs. King for her Senior Individual Graduation Plan earlier this week. Felecia, along with her classmates, is now able to take advantage of a meeting specifically designed for finding a plan of action which will best help them meet their career and college goals. Here Felecia was able to discuss her dreams of being an EMT who would eventually parlay that degree and experience, along with more school into a career as a paramedic.
Felecia explained, “I have one cousin that is an EMT and one that is a Paramedic in Butler, AL. They told me what all goes on, and it sounded really interesting. It’s why I took Health Science at the Vo-tech last year. My Mom is an LPN, and my aunt went to EMT school. I have another aunt that’s a home health nurse. It just makes sense to me, and I plan on going to MCC for the EMT degree, but I would like to have a scholarship. Mr. Savage told me I need to take my ACT again.”
It’s part of the work she is now doing as a result of her Senior Individual Graduation Plan meeting. In her spare time, Felecia has to schedule and prepare for another ACT as well as enroll for the Fall of 2017 classes at MCC.
In the meantime she will be enjoying her last year at Quitman High School.
She has played flute in the band since she was at QJH, but now Felecia is a proud member of the Big Blue Crew’s Color Guard. “I’m really glad I joined band. We’ve been to state championships twice, and we’re working on year number three now. What band has taught me is that if you really put forth time and effort in something you will be successful.”
This afternoon Felecia will join her fellow band members on a bus and travel to Kemper County where they will continue to hone an “out of this world” performance for their hometown crowd on September 2nd. It is something she looks forward to. “At football games you get to go out and show how much hard work goes into something. You have to know sets and counts and work and music, and it is so much. It just always amazes me how the crowd goes wild because they know how much hard work you put into it. It feels great.”
Felecia has obviously enjoyed her time in school, but she describes herself as someone who is now focused on getting a career. She has advice for her little sister at Quitman Junior High and any other young person who will listen, “Pay attention. I tell her to listen in class. It’s not all fun and games, even at junior high. You don’t need to just play around with your friends. Work toward your dream and never give up.”