CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Senior year is supposed to be the best year of high school, but why? Is it because it's the last year of high school? The last year you'll be seeing your friends every day? The year where your grades count the most? Senior privileges?
All of those are correct, according to area seniors. As they're entering their final year of high school, these students shared their expectations of what they think the year will be like.
"I expect a lot of work with the senior project and preparing for college," said Savannah Cassidy of Valley High School, "but also a lot of fun from our last football game to our last prom."
"I think my senior year will be full of fun," agreed Valley's Holly Dunlap. "It's definitely one school year that I've been looking forward to for a while now. I don't expect it to be super easy considering it's my last chance to kind of prepare for the real world, but I am looking forward to making the best of anything that comes my way!"
Kayla Snyder expects her senior year at Valley to be fun, but also difficult and interesting. She also expects to be dedicated to her studies to get good grades and be able to attend Marshall University.
Seniors are also looking forward to a couple of things. For instance, Cassidy, Dunlap and classmate Destiny Holden are looking forward to prom, senior privileges, graduation and starting their lives.
"I'm also excited to start being more independent from my parents," Dunlap said. "But that's also one aspect that I'm not looking forward to. It's kind of a bittersweet topic."
Riverside senior Will Jackson said, "I'm looking forward to being one of the leaders of the school and being an example to the classes below me of how to work hard and work smart to pass with a high GPA."
The seniors are anxious about a few things as well. For Jackson and Snyder, it's the end of football and cheerleading, respectively.
"I'm not looking forward to the senior project and leaving all my friends after graduation knowing I will probably never see most of them again until our 10 year reunion," Cassidy said.
"I'm not looking forward to leaving a lot of my friends and teachers." Davis agreed.While these seniors are feeling mixed emotions about beginning their final year of high school, they plan on making it the best year yet, and one that they'll remember forever!