2017-06-01 / Life in Leelanau

Grads share positive views on their futures

1. What’s the most important thing that you learned in high school?

2. Who was your favorite teacher and why?

3. What should high schools be teaching that they are not now?

4. If you were starting high school tomorrow with the experiences that you have today, what would you do differently?

5. What are your plans after graduation?

6. What are you most excited about in your future?

REBECA COLBURN, Leelanau School

1. Acceptance. At my school, you meet a variety of people and have to be accepting of different religions, beliefs and backgrounds. I think that’s a really important element of being part of a school community, accepting others for who they are and learning more about each other.

2. Kaz McCue was my favorite teacher, he’s a photography teacher. When you’re struggling, it’s important to have someone who is there to help and he was there for me. I had a personal connection with him where whenever I needed a new perspective on the world, he would hand me a camera and let me be me.

3. Every high school should be teaching more about the outside world and about the world outside of the community. I think it is important that there are students from all around the world in an educational community because students get more of a look at the cultures and experiences that others have instead of just focusing on a small community.

4. The way I handle situations would be different, specifically how I handle confrontation. There is a right way to handle situations and a wrong way and I think it takes practice and time to figure out what those ways are.

5. I am going to Kalamazoo College to study psychology as of right now. My plans are not set in stone as to what I will do exactly but that is my immediate plan.

6. I am excited to learn new things and discover more. I believe that every person comes into my life for a reason and is there to teach me something, so I am excited to see what I can learn and experience in that way.

EDDIE PLEVA, Glen Lake Community Schools

1. How to prepare for the future and I learned skills in economics like things about how to buy houses and other things.

2. Ms. Wiesen and Mr. Herman were my favorite teachers. Mrs. Wiesen helped me out a lot and helped me in the subjects she taught and Mr. Herman taught history and economics, which are going to help prepare me for the future.

3. There’s an economics class offered for freshmen but I think they should offer that for seniors so that they have help during the final steps.

4. I would challenge myself a little more. I would take some harder courses and be better organized.

5. I am attending Northwestern Michigan College for a year or two and plan to transfer to a technical school after that. I am looking to get a degree in mechanical engineering.

6. I am excited to check out new areas and meet new people.

CHRISTOPHER KOHLER, Lake Leelanau St. Mary

1. The most important thing I learned about was commitment to schooling and sports. You need to follow through with original plans that you make because things aren’t going to get any easier after graduation so you need to focus on that now.

2. Mr. Dunphey was my favorite teacher. I liked him as a person and he was very personal and great with all of his students.

3. I think that there should be more history classes with more in-depth plots and subject matter for students.

4. I would have definitely focused on schooling a little bit more. High school is the perfect opportunity to better prep for life after graduation and something that is good practice.

5. I am going to Lake Superior State to focus on criminal justice. I inherited a passion for this from my mom and it is an interest that I have always had.

6. I am looking forward to the adventure of the future. That is definitely it.

KIRA METCALF, Leland Public School

1. I think the most important thing that I’ve learned and that my class has learned is how to be accepting of everyone. The senior class in the past has been almost placed on a pedestal above the other grades and we really tried to bridge the gap this year. We all have friends who are sophomores and freshmen and we learned that we can be friends with whoever we want and we don’t have to be separated.

2. My favorite teacher was Mr. Kiessel (Jon Kiessel). He made learning fun and is a character for sure.

3. I think there should be more of a focus on working with people and developing better communication skills and life skills that will help students outside of the classroom.

4. I would be more involved with things to start off with. I would build stronger relationships with the people around me and be more involved with the community right away.

5. I am enrolled at the University of Michigan and will be working toward a major in movement science along the physical therapy track. I love math and science and its something that has always been of interest to me.

6. I am excited about the chance to be independent and join the real world. I have always been dependent on the people around me and it’s my turn to go and make my place in the world on my own.

SARAH SLEDER, Northport Public School

1. I learned a lot about time management. You have to figure out how to socialize and do homework and balance the two. The process of learning this is kind of learning as you go and I’ve gotten better at it over the years.

2. My favorite teacher was Elizabeth Lint. She always pushed me and challenged me to be better. She also was just a great teacher and was always smiling in class.

3. I think there should be a class like a home economics class that teaches how to change a tire, sew, budget and other things like that since we don’t really have a class like that. Those are the kind of skills that would be helpful later on in life and I think they would have a place for a lot of people.

4. I would look at everything differently and value each moment more. I had a lot going on this year so I didn’t necessarily value each moment like I should have so that’s what I would do if I could do it over.

5. I will be attending Northwestern Michigan College to study Social Work. I’ve always wanted to help others and I’ve always been there for my friends so it’s the field I have an interest in.

6. I am most excited about being able to make a change in the world. I want to help those with substance abuse problems and things like that so I am excited for the chance to make a difference.

WILL FAUGHT, Suttons Bay Public Schools

1. Everyone is different and everyone has their own skills and talents and focuses and that we should respect everyone for that.

2. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Hutcheon (Kaylie Hutcheaon), my band director because I have spent a lot of time in the band program and she has been a mentor, a friend and a leader to me and her guidance has helped me out a lot through my high school journey.

3. How to do taxes. It’s a real life skill that everyone has to do and we don’t really get taught how to do it and it would be helpful for future adults to learn this.

4. I would do absolutely nothing differently. I have had a great experience and I wouldn’t want to change anything about the way I have grown and changed over the years

5. I will be attending Michigan State University (MSU) for the packaging engineer program and will be working toward a bachelor’s degree. I will also be a part of the RISE program at MSU which is the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment which is a group of people from all different majors with an environmental focus.

6. I am most excited to get out and really see what the world is about. I have lived in a small town my whole life and I am interested in working my way toward making a living doing something that I love.

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