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Seniors heading for variety of destinations

Providence is known for preparing its students for college. Each year, more than 96 percent of our seniors graduate with plans to continue their education in college. We are proud to have these students continue learning on college campuses, including students like Sierra Brooks, who will enter IUS as a sophomore and has applied to the Nursing School, a feat also accomplished last year by her sister, Cheyenne ’17. We also have a number of students entering colleges that are farther afield, from Brady Gentry going to Los Angeles for the New York Film Academy to Emily Geldermann on the other coast at Emerson College in Boston.

Like her older sister, Sierra Brooks has combined her first year of college with her last year of high school. By taking AP, ACP and dual-credit courses offered here and several online classes through Indiana University Southeast, Sierra will graduate high school with an Honors Diploma and 61 college credits, enough to make her a college junior. Sierra hopes to do as Cheyenne did and enter IUS as a student accepted into the nursing program, a rare occurrence for first-year students.

Update: Sierra received her letter of acceptance as a first-year student into the IUS Nursing School on May 17.

Sierra took the IUS Nursing School prerequisites online last summer and over the past two semesters, even while playing varsity Girls Soccer and varsity Girls Basketball. She said it was stressful to balance college, high school, and sports, but she felt prepared because of the classes she has taken here.

“AP Biology and AP World History helped me learn to take good notes, how to study, and how to manage my time,” she said.

Time management was particularly crucial to success in her online college classes, Sierra said. She would receive a week’s worth of assignments at once but knew she couldn’t wait until the end of the week to complete them all.

“People think you can binge do them on Saturday” before the Sunday due date, she said. “But you can’t. I learned here to manage my time, so it wasn’t very hard” to keep up with her assignments.

While taking college classes during high school did mean she had to forego some social activities with friends on the weekends, especially if she had a test for which to study, she made sure to attend football games and other senior activities, she said.

She also has learned from her sister that her first college semester won’t be as difficult her senior year has been.

“She (Cheyenne) said it hasn’t been that hard because Providence prepared her very well,” Sierra said, noting that her sister completed her first year of nursing school as a first-year full-time college student with a 4.0.

Sierra plans to pursue a career in pediatric nursing because it will combine her love of working with children with her “heart for helping people,” she said. She encourages anyone who has a dream to work hard to achieve it, no matter if others may think the dream is impossible.

“If anybody else has a dream, they should look into it and see what it would require,” she said. “And just go for it. Like John Maxwell says, ‘Dream don’t work unless you do.’”

Choosing the right program is an important decision, and we are pleased to share some of the news:

Eli Lucas will attend the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and major in theatre. He chose to audition (and was accepted) after visiting the school and being impressed by the atmosphere, facilities, teaching staff, and training.

Brady Gentry will attend the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, Calif., to pursue a bachelor of fine arts in acting for film. He chose the school because its location allows him to move away and be in the center of “Media Capital of the World” as well as help him to develop and craft the skill of acting.

Cody Gibbs chose Holy Cross College over nearby University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., because of its small size and low student-to-teacher ratio as well as its family-based atmosphere. He will major in biology.

Mirashaye Basa will attend American University in Washington, D.C., and plans to major in political science and possibly social justice. She hopes to one day secure one of the internships offered through the college with Congress and other federal departments.

Emma Delaney will be a trainee at Louisville Ballet, which includes dance instruction with the possibility of performances in various productions. She is delaying college for at least a year to take part in the full-time program. She chose this program because it will allow her to strengthen her technique and artistry in ballet while allowing her to gain experience with a professional dance company. First, she will spend five weeks this summer dancing with the Charlotte (N.C.) Ballet.

Shea Caylor will attend the University of Tampa because of its excellent communications program and the “many amazing internships available to me with ESPN and the Tampa Bay Lightning” National Hockey League team, she said. She turned down offers to play golf at other colleges because of her desire to double major in sport management and communications. She will be a media manager for its hockey team and hopes to have a future career in the NHL as a broadcaster.

Ethan Barber has earned his private pilot’s license and can now fly solo and take passengers, thanks to his two years’ participation in the Prosser aviation program. As for college, he will attend Vincennes University for its flight program in Indianapolis. He plans to become an airline pilot, which requires 1,050 flight hours. He will earn about 800 hours in the two-year program at Vincennes and then likely transfer to Purdue University to earn his bachelor’s degree. He said he wants to be an airline pilot because he loves flying but also finds appealing the salary, schedule (about 40 hours of flight time a month), and opportunity to travel.

Emily Geldermann plans to attend Emerson College in Boston because of its focus on preparing students for careers in English and creative arts. She was accepted into its selective Performing Arts Program and plans to major in costume design. She said she also liked the campus for its location “in the heart of Boston’s theatre district, allowing many opportunities to be available to students.” The college’s professors teach at the school and work in the surrounding theatres and are known for inviting their students to work on the shows with them.

Phillip Stoner plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University for its flight program. He said he chose it because it is the closest school in the area that had a flight program. “I visited the airport and fell in love with what I saw within the facility and the atmosphere (people wise).” His future plans are to fly for a regional airline and after a few years fly for a major airline.

Brogan Welch will attend the U.S. Naval Academy and major in cyber warfare. I’ve always wanted to attend the Naval Academy because of my personal drive to give back to the country that’s given me so much,” he said.

Brinley Prather plans to attend Belmont University in Tennessee for its music business program. “I think Belmont is a great choice for that because it is located in Nashville, also known as Music City, and is full of opportunities in music business,” she said.

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