The Reporter: Soon-to-be graduates plan next steps on their paths to success

The following story was written by a student on the staff of The Reporter as part of Hilliard Bradley High School’s Journalism Production course.

by Hannah Miller, Assistant Editor

  Less than a month away is the day every senior has been waiting for: graduation. From the beginning of freshman year, they’ve been dreaming about the day of high school and with graduation approaching quickly, many students are starting to finalize their postgraduate plans. Some are going to college whether it be to earn a two-year degree or go for four or more, and some will be taking another route. Starting off in the workforce, joining the armed forces, or just taking a year off are all options for the class of 2017.

Seniors are getting ready for the next step on their paths to success. Shown clockwise from top left, Alexander, Draghi, Ellison, and Dewolf are each preparing to launch their futures in the fall by furthering their education. Photos courtesy of the graduates

      A teenage girl passionate about teaching, Desirae Alexander, is attending Capital University this fall to study Early Childhood Education and Intervention. Alexander explains why she decided to go into the education major: “I have had so many amazing teachers that have helped me throughout my high school career and I want that for other people as well.”

Bradley Draghi is planning on traveling to Africa and working at an orphanage called The Passion Center for Children. “I’m going to be working with some of the teenage guys in the Mulunguzi Community Church,” said Draghi. While he’s there he’s going to be spreading the gospel to villages. Bradley explains what made him want to go on this trip.“I knew that this was going to be the only time in my life where I’d be able to just jump up and leave for a year since I don’t have any bills to pay, I’m only working a part time job, and I’m still living with my parents. I don’t have any kids or real adult responsibilities so I wanted to advantage of that.”

   Nick DeWolf plans on going into the military and going to college; what better place to do that than the Air Force Academy. Nick plans on majoring in business and minoring in science: “I knew it was the right school for me because it was a high academic school and it also gave me the ability to join the military which is something I wanted to do as a kid.”

   Miami University in Oxford has many students coming in this fall, but not one like Lily Ellison. Ellison plans to major in kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movements) and minor in ceramics. “I’ve been to physical therapy multiple times and the first time I went I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist when I was older,” said Ellison.