Written by: Alyssa Layborne
In less than 100 days, 2019 seniors will get to walk the stage and receive their diplomas in a ceremony that marks the completion of what could be the most important accomplishment in most of these students lives. On May 26th, Smithville’s graduation commencement ceremony will serve as a transition into the adult lives of these students.
Yet, some ambitious seniors have already finished their high school career, and are onto seizing opportunities for their future a little bit earlier than the rest of their class.
“I wanted to start my future early,” said Chris Larson, semester graduate. “I have been accepted into Tulsa Welding School in Oklahoma, and will be moving there after I graduate. This is will give me the opportunity to get a job and start my career sooner.”
After having completed 12 years of traditional school, these students feel confident enough in their learning ability to go into adult life earlier than the rest of their class. In order to graduate at semester, students are required to have completed all of their credit hours, created a future plan, and met with counselors to solidify the process.
“Graduating early is going to give me an opportunity to achieve my goals early on,” said Dalton Darrow. “Even though I will miss high school and the people, I am prepared to start my life. After many years of hard work I believe I’m capable of doing great things.”
Despite having finished high school early, semester graduates will still be able to participate in school and class activities on and off campus, such as prom, sporting events, and more. They will also have the opportunity to walk the stage at the graduation ceremony at the end of the year and make an appearance with the rest of their peers.
“I am thankful for the things Smithville High school has taught me. These have been some of the best years of my life,” said Max Klinger. “Although I will miss it, it’s time for me to go onto bigger things. I will miss home and the people here, but I’m beyond excited to see what my future has in store.”