The final bell that will usher in the end of the school year is soon to ring, and every youth in the nation is listening intently for it. Most everyone is ready, though the seniors of CCHS still have another mountain to climb before they can be free of high school forever: scholarships.
Nerves are high and so is the stress for the class of 2018, and the teachers feel it too.
“Honestly, I’d be really happy to get any,” senior Emerald Clark said. “A lot of people apply for a lot of scholarships, so to get any would be a real financial help.”
“The rigor of the coursework when you’re a senior is very difficult,” counselor Christensen said. “You’re trying to balance all those things. If you’re in activities or sports you’re trying to make it all work and it does become stressful.”
“We have a lot of things to do in a short amount of time,” senior Sabrina Butler said. “We all have to apply for our stuff, and there are time limitations on everything.”
There is a vast array of scholarships that students have applied for, and many applied for over twenty.
“I want to go to school for business finance, so a lot of them are financial businesses like banks and stuff,” senior Miranda Case said. “I applied for thirty-two scholarships.”
“I applied for all the scholarships I could, around twenty-one,” Butler said. “Mostly the ones with an application and the art scholarships that didn’t require me to go to an art school.”
“I hope to go to college for either track or FFA,” senior Shantell Gladson said. “I also want to compete at D-2 colleges. Currently, I’m looking at Aberdeen, but I applied for fifty-one scholarships.”
The amount of time it has taken these battle-hardened warriors to apply for them is staggering.
“It took me a long time. I didn’t do it all at once, I kind of spread it out,” Clark said. “I did all my applications, and that didn’t take as long. The essays take a lot of time, and I’d say printing takes the most time. I probably used a whole five hundred page ream. In total, I couldn’t even tell you.”
Even though so many students have applied for scholarships, there are special cases where some did not. However, they worked just as hard.
“I’ll be leaving on my mission before the scholarships are able to be used,” senior Ethan Sanders said. “You have to use them the following semester and so I wasn’t eligible to apply for any of those scholarships. I will apply to the college that I’m going to, but they understand that I’m going on a mission. They get that. But I would definitely apply for a lot of the local scholarships here if I were staying.”
In light of all the trials and tribulations they have faced, the seniors have some hard-earned advice for their underclassmen.
“Do your scholarships as soon as you get them,” Clark said. “Start working on them at the beginning of the semester, because you’re not going to have a ton of homework at first. Do them while you’re doing nothing. And, just know that it’s going to be kind of scary, but everything will turn out ok. It’s not going to feel like it, but you’ll end up where you need to be.”
“Don’t get behind,” Gladson said. “Make sure if you are applying for scholarships you do it early. Stay on top of things, don’t slack off, and don’t get senioritis.
“Don’t screw around, definitely. Don’t wait to do your scholarships until the night before like I did,” Case said. “I literally skipped school the day scholarships were due to finish them. My advice would be to not screw around in your younger years because then senior year is a mess.”
Even though the class of 2018 has been through a lot, they have a lot to be proud of.