Senior year is busy time for WHS students

Senior year is busy time for WHS students by Ally Eckert For the seniors, this year may seem like an end to 12 long years in their lives. But along with this freedom comes new responsibility.

Everyone's senior year of school is full of essays and applications and fees. How much money does a senior have to fork out for their year? What should a student in their last year of high school be preparing for their next year?

College bound seniors and juniors have to pay to take the ACT, pay fees on college applications, and save money to go to college. Senior pictures and graduation costs can also pile up in a hurry.

Most seniors this year at Wakonda High School are planning on going on to some sort of post-secondary school. Most want to go to an in-state college like The University of South Dakota or South Dakota State University, which may make the cost more manageable.

There are a lot of scholarship opportunities that may help. Local Wakonda area scholarships are many, they just need to be applied for. For more information on these one can go to Mrs. Knudson's guidance counselor's Web site on the Wakonda School's Web page.

The process of getting into college truly starts in the junior year of high school. During junior year students can take the ACTs for the first time. The deadlines for these tests are Nov. 7 for the December test, Feb. 7 for the April test, which is recommended for juniors, and May 7 for the June test.

Some major scholarship programs are directed mostly toward juniors. A resume including activities, honors, awards, leadership, community service and work experience for future applications should be started in January. Also the costs to attend college should be looked into. There will be a financial aid meeting in January. The day and time is to be announced. In February students can take ACT/SAT preparation courses. In May they should start collecting activities information on a computer disk for future reference in application and scholarships.

During the summer between junior and senior year, students usually have their senior pictures taken. Some may also decide to begin to apply for scholarships.

During the senior year there are many things for students to do. In September students should get a copy of their transcripts. Also they should make sure their name is on the master list for scholarships that they are interested in.

In October they should start visiting colleges and meeting with college representatives.

In November they should start contacting financial aid offices. In January students should apply for financial aid because the sooner they do, the more likely they are of receiving it earlier.

By April students should have applied for the area scholarships. In May is graduation, those 12 long years have just come to an end.

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