Graduates offer words of wisdom to fellow students

Sabina Messiah and Robert Richardson, Staff Writers

The Class of 2022 graduates this weekend, and the seniors will be traveling in many different directions. Five of the graduates shared some advice to students following in their footsteps.

Raleigh Stubbs will keep working and then go into the military as a cargo specialist for the U.S. Army.

His advice to underclassman:

“Be on your best behavior, do what you got to do in school and [you’ll] make it up out of here because high school is not that hard. You just have to pay attention and pass your classes. Classes [are] really not that hard, [if] you pay attention, you’ll succeed.

“[Keep] a positive mind, stay calm, and you’ll get through . . . Through the past months, I’ve been on track with my work, getting good grades so far and keeping a good behavior, good positive mind throughout the school year.”

Isabella Montemayor plans to attend Valparaiso University and she is tied in between two different majors.

Her advice to underclassman:

“The advice I would give them is if you just set your mind to a goal, just keep working at that goal, that there is no one else that can stop you, but yourself, if you fail a quiz, get up and try to retake it, do better on the next one”

“I feel that’s good advice because it teaches perseverance, to keep going, to keep pushing, that after high school it’s not gonna get easier for a lot of us and that you need that skill to just get better in your life, and like succeed”

“When I was in middle school, I wasn’t in honors and I kept pushing trying to see if I can get in, and when I finally got in, that’s all I did, I just kept pushing and I kept trying, to just be the best I could be, the best student I could be”

“It’s probably from my dad, [like what I said earlier] that no one could stop me but myself, that no one could set limits on what I can and can’t do but myself, so if I give up, then it’s my fault and no one else’s”.

Jalyssa Luter plans on attending college for two years to obtain an associates degree for her future career.

Her advice to underclassman:

“I would tell them not to let their grades slip, make sure you got your grades and do what your supposed to do cause it will really come back to bite you, your senior year”

“I slacked off real bad my freshman year and it really affected my GPA and my senior year struggling to get that back is really difficult”

“I got really unmotivated when my grandma passed away and somebody told me not to give up cause she was watching me”

Gage Adams will be doing trades for roofing. “School just isn’t for everyone, also I’ll be able to work with my dad,” he said.

His advice for the underclassmen:

“Don’t take it for granted, enjoy it because it goes by fast. Get involved and have fun and it will be way more enjoyable, stay focused on your work. You don’t want to get behind because itś hard to catch up.”

Adams was on the football and baseball teams. Playing sports and hanging out with teammates were his favorite memories through high school.

“Just being around them made the atmosphere and end experience much more enjoyable.”

Julian Medina will be taking a gap year, then attending a trade school to get a blue collar job. “I chose that route more or less because of the benefits,” he said.

Julian’s advice for underclassmen:

“Get involved, there are plenty of clubs and sports that anyone can join. Making friends is really important and making sure you just have fun.”

His favorite high school memory came before COVID hit..

“My favorite memory of high school was my freshman year. I got to meet lots of friends and got to have the real high school experience.”