Things Seniors Need To Do Before Graduation

Principal Thomas outlines the highlights of Graduation week during the Senior meeting.
Principal Thomas outlines the highlights of Graduation week during the Senior meeting.
Ariel Bolich

Graduation is just around the corner. So many exciting things are happening like prom, graduation, graduation parties, and the overall excitement of it being our last year of high school. But unfortunately, this is the last quarter of high school and there is a checklist that needs to be completed by the end of the quarter.

Check up on grades and keep up with assignments. It’s time to kick senioritis out and work hard for the last couple of months of school. Also, keep up with the Class of 2024 in Google Classroom and check for any updates or anything you might need to get done.

Seniors should be applying for colleges if they haven’t already, you might want to think about what you want your future to look like after high school.

Include the number one choice college that you are confident in, one that you’re sure will accept you, and one that you don’t think you’ll get into but want to make sure that you at least get accepted into one.

Something very important to also remember is to ask for help! Hillary Palmgren, the B-wing counselor at Verrado, says “The ability to ask for help will make a difference, whether it’s for college, dorm decorating, or simple questions.” for college, she recommends subreddits that have information about professors, clubs, sports, and information schools you are interested in.

Checking the senior class of 2024 is very important. It has everything you need to know about senior deadlines, information, and newsletters.

If college is not a part of your future and you are looking into trade schools or joining the military, there are places such as WestMec, as well as military recruitment at our school to answer all your questions. They are at both A and B lunch during that time you can talk to them regarding the military application process.

If you’re not interested in trade school or the military, there’s also the option of community college. Community college is much different from a normal college, the classes are smaller, the cost of tuition is less, the schedule is more flexible, and it’s much more affordable.

Another choice after high school is to join the workforce. Look up the requirements and/or training for the job you’re interested in. Update your resume, get references, find open job opportunities, and apply. There are many pros to joining the workforce like no student debt, immediate income, learning, and job experience.

Apply for scholarships to help with all of the payments that come along with college. When applying for scholarships, schools you applied to may have an application you can fill out to see what scholarships you match with. It is based on GPA, interest, where you live, hobbies, and more.

Scholarships are important for so many reasons as they get you a chance at a higher education, a decrease in student debt, open more job opportunities, make your resume look good and so many more good things.

After applying for colleges, you will apply for FAFSA. FAFSA is a financial aid application that will help pay for college. Once you complete your application you will have to wait for decisions.

FAFSA isn’t just for a major college. It can be for community college, trade, and some cosmetology.

All seniors must finish their Major clarity, which includes your resume, personality assessment, career paths, and occupations. The percentage on your Major Clarity account does not matter as long as you have completed all four of the required tasks on Major Clarity. To access Major Clarity you must log into Clever and then log in to your Major Clarity account.

Another important thing is making sure you are completing Edgenuity courses. Without completing them by May 1st, you might be unable to graduate, as you will be missing credits. Talk to your counselor or rise lab teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your Edgenuity courses or finishing them all by the deadline.

Our school is holding Grad speech auditions. If you are interested in speaking at our graduation on May 18, 2024, then you will need to audition. They are holding auditions on the week of April 8th, signups will begin April 1st. There are three speeches you can audition for that include a welcome, keynote, and closing speech.

Even if you’re not sure what you would like to do after graduation it is always good to look into possible options for you whether it’s college, the military, or even trade school. There are countless opportunities for everyone out there. You need to look into the future and think about where you see yourself in the upcoming years, and what will make you a better person.

Some dates to know: senior finals are May 13-14, the senior honors night is May 14th (fill out the Google form on Google Classroom, senior checkout, and the senior parade is May 15th, and graduation practice+bbq and senior sunset are both May 16th and graduation May 18th at 2 pm, but all seniors need to be there at 1 pm (check the Google Classroom for information about graduation dress code).

All of these things are important to be able to have a successful future and career after high school, but we also need to focus on our grades, keeping up with our classes, and making sure senioritis does not get the best of us.

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Alyssa Chavez, Staff Writer
Alyssa was born in 2005 on November 24th in Spokane, Washington which is where she was raised for her young childhood. Her dad is military which meant a lot of moving and her dad deployed overseas for months to a year at a time. Going into Kindergarten, her family moved to Palmdale, California. She lived there with her mom and two twin brothers until her dad came back and they had to move once again. This time, Alyssa was going into fourth grade and her dad deployed overseas for a whole year. Alyssa has two dogs, Chico and Archie, as well as a cat named Sasha who is seventeen years old and Alyssa’s lifetime pet friend.  Now a senior in high school she's lived in Arizona for about 7 years and her dad is now retired so she hopes there are no more moves. Alyssa is a gay girl in a Christian Hispanic family which is typically not accepted but she found love in one special girl. They have been together for one year and three months and many more to go. Alyssa’s coming out to her family was difficult and she has been ridiculed for her love interest but she loves her unconditionally regardless of what her family thinks. Alyssa loves to hang out with her girlfriend constantly, go out with friends, eat good food, and spend time with her family. Alyssa’s favorite color is pink, her favorite artist is Ariana Grande, her favorite animal is a horse and she hopes to either be a singer or go to Beauty School and have a makeup and hair business. She hopes to one day get married to the one she loves and get a house, lots of pets, and children. Alyssa’s future is very important to her and she is starting to pursue it as soon as possible.
Emma McWhorter, Staff Writer
Born and raised in the sunny state of Arizona, Emma has always enjoyed outdoor activities like paddle boarding, going to the lake, enjoying a day at the pool, and going on hikes with friends and family. In her free time, she also enjoys thrift shopping, writing fun papers, going to the mall with her friends, and traveling with her family to new places she's never been to before. She plans to go to college after finishing high school this year and becoming a forensic investigator, as that has been her dream job since 6th grade, she would really like to pursue it!  As early as 10 years old she loved to write papers for fun and for class, she’d instead write multiple essays than do any math problems, for her math was her least favorite class and has always been that way all the way up to senior year. Emma hopes as she helps with the Journalism one class she is able to provide the best stories and has the opportunity to continue her love for writing as she takes it to a new level. Even though this is her first time ever being in Mrs. Studts Journalism class she believes she will thrive in this class.  Emma loves listening to music, some of her favorite artists consist of Harry Styles, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and Hozier. Emma hopes one day she will be able to attend a Harry Styles concert with her good friend Zoe as they are both big fans of Harry and his music! In her free time when she isn’t busy or listening to music, she watches some of her favorite movies like “Me Before You”, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, and the Harry Potter series. She also enjoys watching older movies that none of her friends know about because they are “way too old!” but she loves the movie “When Harry Met Sally” even though it’s an old movie she believes it is one of the best movies to be made. So as you can tell she is very thrilled to be doing Journalism this year and can not wait to get started writing the stories for the class and providing everyone with a piece to read! 
Ariel Bolich, Staff Writer
Ariel was born and raised in California and moved to Arizona in 2021. While in California, she spent most of her time with friends and family as well as playing basketball and volleyball in middle school. Ever since elementary school she has wanted to be a teacher and was inspired by her aunt who was an elementary teacher for many years. She enjoys going to her aunt's classroom to teach her students science experiments, read to them and learn all about the teacher experience. She loves to work with kids and can't wait to have a classroom of her own. Ariel's favorite things to do are camping and spending time with her friends and family, and creating new projects, and she is very passionate about becoming an elementary school teacher.  In her free time, she is most likely calling her best friend or her cousins to tell them about her day and update them on everything happening in her life (she is probably being very dramatic too). She also listens to a lot of Taylor Swift in her free time. She first went to the 1989 world tour in 2015 and since then loved Taylor. Her favorite albums are 1989 and Midnights and her favorite thing about listening to Taylor is hearing the storytelling in the songs and the way that anyone can make it their own. And as Taylor Swift said, “Make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it. You have no reason to be afraid, you're on your own kid.” 

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