Eighth-graders look ahead to high school

May 30, 2006|by ROBERT KELLER

What image do you get when you hear the words high school? Many eighth-graders might be scared to move on to high school and face the pressure, but some are not.

"High school is what you make of it," says Western Heights Middle School guidance counselor Kristin Ganoe. "It can be a wonderful experience. Many doors can be opened. It is also the next step to reaching your potential."

Some activities in high school change. In middle school, sports were not school-related. When you go to high school, sports teams are part of the school.

There are a few students who feel high school could be very exciting.

"I am excited to go to high school," says Gabriel Berromilla, 13, of Hagers-town. "I get to get out of that habit of middle school. I get to learn more in the higher classes."


"I'm really, really excited to go to high school," says Scott Elliott, 14, of Maugansville. "I get to meet new people and girls. I also get a higher education. I feel that I am going to like art, band, or gym. I don't think I will like math class."

"High school is not that scary," says Kevin Mothershed, 13, of Maugansville. "I don't see why people are so scared. I'm going to like not having to wake up at 6 in the morning. I'm not going to like sitting in school until 3 or 3:30."

"High school is going to be pretty cool and fun," says Carlisha Smith, 14, of Hagerstown. "I can't wait for the cheerleading and dances. I'm not going to like all the homework and being in school late."

"Yea for high school!" says Cassidy Thompson, 14, of Hagerstown. "It will be cool being mixed in with a lot of different people instead of the same ones all the time. The pressure for getting good grades is larger, though."

"I'm excited and pumped up to go to high school," says Kendra Smith, 14, of Hagerstown. "I can't wait for the sports in high school. I'm not going to like having harder and more work."

In order for eighth-graders to prepare themselves for high school, they should know a few things, according to Ganoe. They should set goals, and find ways to achieve them. They should also be prepared to volunteer in the community for their Student Service Learning hours. They should also try to do well academically.

Eighth-graders' school careers lie at a turn in the road. While one educational path ends, another is just beginning.

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