CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the Class of 2013, senior year is quickly approaching, and with it comes excitement and worries. While some students may dread the year and worry about what it will bring, most students are excited for it and ready to graduate.
"The thing that I am looking forward to the most about senior year is spending time with my friends in school," said Valley High School senior Hunter Hughes. "It's our last year, and I won't be able to see everyone as much once we graduate. I want to try to spend as much time with everyone as I can."
"I worry most about all the tests and what it will be like after we graduate," said Michaella Kincaid, another Valley senior.
Senior year is usually considered the most important year of high school. At the end of it, if students' grades are good, they graduate and are finally done with high school. For some, this means they are finished with schooling for good. However, most high school graduates go on to college.
That can bring a lot of worries. Not only do seniors have to worry about finals and their GPA, they also have to worry about searching for the right college, filling out applications, applying for scholarships, getting recommendation letters and more. Some seniors may even still have to take the ACT or SAT.
"What I worry about most is being able to keep my grades up," said Valley senior Cate Brouillard, who added that she is eager for the academic challenge of senior year.
"I most look forward to the AP classes I am taking so that they can help prepare me for the following year when I go to college," she explained.
In addition to schoolwork, some seniors are involved in sports and other extracurricular activities, so they must juggle those with classes and the responsibilities of senior year. That's the case for Valley senior Javin Thompson, who plays volleyball, basketball and softball.