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Members of the Class of 2014 share their future aspirations

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

The senior year of high school is perhaps the most challenging of all. Students are faced with decisions that will undoubtedly change the course of their lives. Not only must they decide whether or not to go to college, they also must choose which college to attend and then deal with the unpleasant task of paying for it. Once they figure all of that out, it’s time to choose a major or get a job or both.
It’s not uncommon for seniors to have no idea what they want to do after they graduate –especially at the beginning of the year. However, the changes students make from the beginning of their senior year to the end are often drastic. Many of those that enter their senior year as teenagers leave as young adults, prepared and ready to tackle the future.
Recently, The Tomahawk polled 14 Johnson County High School Seniors in order to gain insight into their perceived futures upon graduating from JCHS. At the end of the school year, The Tomahawk will interview the same 14 seniors again. In comparing their answers to the ones given in this publication, the progression of ones character, dreams, and aspirations will come to light.

Brooklyn Barnett- The fact that in just a few months, I will become independent.

Blade Hampton- My senior year of baseball.

Brad Harris- Finally being a senior! Football games, basketball and just the atmosphere is different in a very good way.

Brandon Blackburn- Spending time and making memories with all the people I’ve come to love here.

Alexandra Brick- Knowing that I’ve made it through all those years of questioning my abilities.

David Eller- That it’s time to move on from high school even through there’s a lot I’ll miss.

Eden Taylor- I am excited to spend as much time with my friends as possible before I graduate.

Jessica Rife- Spending time with my friends and family. I’m also excited about graduation and prom!

Kassandra Billington- I’m excited because it’s finally our last yea and we are all going to be adults and independent.

Kevin Dempsey- It’s finally my last year!

Miranda Forrester- The fact that I am about to start life in the real world.

Sarah Tierney- Graduating! I’m ready to go to college and explore new places and meet new people.

Stephen King- It’s my last year being a student!

Sydney Crews- I plan to have the most fun I can in order to make memories.

Brooklyn Barnett- I want to go to college at ETSU for pharmacy.

Blade Hampton- I want to play college baseball.

Brad Harris- I’m hopefully going to college at ETSU and will have a double major in business and music.

Brandon Blackburn- During the summer after I graduate, I plan to move and see if I can fulfill my dream of becoming a stand-up comic. If that doesn’t work out, I plan to go into the Air Force.

Alexandra Brick- I plan to attend a tech school and/or a community college.

David Eller- I plan to do the Air Force ROTC program to go to college and then enter the Air Force as an officer.

Eden Taylor- I plan to attend UT- Knoxville to become a nurse.

Jessica Rife- I plan to attend UT and study to be a veterinarian. Eventually, I’d like to open my own animal clinic.

Kassandra Billington- I plan to go to college and become a nurse.

Kevin Dempsey- I will enroll in the ROTC program at ETSU for the Army.

Miranda Forrester- I plan to join the Navy and go to college to get a degree in agriculture.

Sarah Tierney- I plan to go to UT- Knoxville and enroll in ROTC. I want to double major in math and accounting and then go into the Army as an officer.

Stephen King- I plan to leave Mountain City.

Sydney Crews- I plan to go to ETSU and major in social work and minor in photography.

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