2017-04-01 / The Rock

Seniors prepare for graduation

Noah Chambers and Hunter Williams

As students begin the final nine weeks of the second semester, Person High School seniors are preparing for graduation and the college or career paths they plan to embark on soon after.

During the final two years of high school, students receive information to help prepare for career or college. The PHS Student Services department is a resource to assist in understanding the provided information.

Senior Tyler Yeatts said, “I try to do my best in class. At the beginning of the school year, I wasn’t too excited about applying for college. I knew it was going to be stressful, but when I was accepted at Western Carolina university in January, it was encouraging and made it all worthwhile.”

Through student aid and scholarship opportunities, students can make what seems impossible a reality.

The FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, helps families find out what type of financial assistance is available to them.

Yeatts said, “I completed the FAFSA and was awarded a Pell Grant, which will carry me through college. I have also applied for a couple of scholarships, though I am not stressed about receiving them because I can work to pay off the remaining costs.” The PHS Student Services team has access to a number of local and national scholarship applications, on paper or online, for students to complete and submit.

Scholarship applications often require students to submit recommendation letters and students often turn to their teachers for recommendations.

PHS English and journalism teacher Allison Dacus said, “Students should not wait until the scholarship application deadline nears before asking anyone to write a recommendation. Allow those who are willing to write a letter a reasonable amount of time to complete it. When asking, students should also come prepared with basic scholarship information and a senior resume in hand.

“Senior resumes should include academic highlights, work experience, extracurriculars, volunteer work, and any other information that will show a student is capable, well-rounded, and an asset to any college,” said Dacus.

GEAR-Up coordinator, Kelley Woody, said “I think senior year is a stressful, packed year.

“There are many things students need to know, the PHS Student Services team tries to provide information early in the school year and over and over throughout it. We are always here to help,” said Woody.

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