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Seniors reflect on year, future

Senior Moments

Senior Moments

June 01, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- For eight high school seniors from Washington County Public Schools, it was a school year filled with college applications, studying, part-time jobs, sports - and even a little fun.

They went to the homecoming dance and prom and spent time with friends they might not see much of while they're away at college or serving in the military.

The Herald-Mail spoke with the students beginning in September 2007. For 10 months, they shared the memories they were making, beginning in October with North Hagerstown High School senior Meagan Graff's protest at her school. In May, Williamsport High School senior Christiana Gagnon talked about her prom.

This month, in the final segment of the 10-part series, the soon-to-be graduates ponder both what made senior year special and what the future holds.

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Name: Jessey Flowers

School: Clear Spring High School

Graduation date: June 5

Q: What was your best senior moment?

A: I would have to say it was my last show choir concert. I had my senior solo. That was exciting and, for everybody else, they cried. I did the song "Photograph" by Nickelback. They had a slideshow with it of me from the time I was a baby to now. It was in front of my classmates and family.

Q: Was your senior year what you expected it to be?

A: The first half of the year was what I thought. The second half was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I only had three classes to attend. (Jessey began taking two college courses in January at Hagerstown Community College. He takes courses through HCC's Early Support for Students to Enter College Education (ESSENCE) program in addition to high school classes).

Q: What are your plans now?

A: Right now, I've already signed up for the fall semester at (Hagerstown Community College). I'm going to go into the field of paralegal studies, and hopefully one day become a lawyer.

Over the summer I'm going to be working with my grandfather.

Q: What's your advice for seniors in the class of 2009?

A: Live it up and have fun. Make sure you get on the good side of your principal. That would be my advice.


Name: Christiana Gagnon

School: Williamsport High School

Graduation date: June 5

Q: What was your best senior moment?

A: The band banquet this year. I got the John Philip Sousa award. It's pretty much the highest award you can get in band. It's for dedication and service and leadership. It's the senior award. I've wanted it since I was in the ninth grade, and I finally got it this year, so that was really exciting. You can only give it to one senior in every high school band. It's nationally recognized, so it makes it a lot easier to get scholarships if you're going into music, which I probably will after I'm done with dental hygiene.

Q: Was your senior year what you expected it to be?

A: It was nothing like I expected it to be. It's had a lot more twists and turns than I expected. Everyone says your senior year will be the best year ever. At the beginning of the year during first semester, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong, but it sort of cleared up during second semester. (My senior year) was a lot harder to get through, but it was, I guess in the end, better. All of my relationships with my friends have gotten stronger.

Q: What are your plans now?

A: I'm going to attend Hagerstown Community College for one year to get the prerequisite courses done. Then, I'll go to Allegany (College of Maryland) and into the dental hygiene program. It's a two-year program, and I'll be graduating from there with a degree in dental hygiene. Then, I plan on going to some sort of musical school and either major or minor in music. So, I'll be a dental hygienist with some kind of music degree.

I'm working over the summer at the Williamsport pool as a cashier and teaching swimming lessons, and also at the movie theater at Valley Mall.

Q: What's your advice for seniors in the class of 2009?

A: Don't procrastinate, in general, on the courses and on college stuff - just everything. Get everything out of the way early so you can have fun and you aren't rushed into doing anything. But don't do work all the time because then when you look back in the future, all you're going to remember is working your butt off, and you won't have any memories with your friends or anything.


Name: Meagan Graff

School: North Hagerstown High School

Graduation date: June 6

Q: What was your best senior moment?

A: Placing first chair in all-county band. I never expected it. It was so surreal. It was such an honor.

Q: Was your senior year what you expected it to be?

A: It definitely was. I met a lot of new people that I plan on keeping in touch with over the next few years. I really feel like this year went well for me. I was given a lot of opportunities I really enjoyed, such as lifeguarding, indoor color guard and being in (The Herald-Mail) once a month to share a little bit about my life.

Q: What are your plans now?

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