A time for firsts and lasts

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Southeast Missourian

It's a year of firsts and lasts.

Area high school students beginning their senior year will be faced with many tough choices beyond deciding which courses to take or how many times to take the ACT exam.

For some students, it's the first time they will make "adult" decisions about which college to attend and what career path to choose. And many will have to decide whether to stay close to home after high school or head out into the world for college or a job.

Among all these firsts, are some lasts. This year is the last "first day of school," the last time they'll play in a home basketball game, perform in a school concert or play or take part in an after-school club.

But the senior year is also the year when many students find their place in the crowd. No longer are they

The Southeast Missourian is planning a series of stories about high school and senior year activities. The stories will run throughout the school year and we need seniors to join our panel discussions. If you're interested in offering story suggestions about school events, topics for discussion or would agree to an interview, send your name and contact information, including an e-mail address, to Laura Johnston, features editor at ljohnston@semissourian. com or call her at 335-6611, extension 126.

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