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  • Emma Cherry

Life after high school... What's your plan after your senior year?

Resourceful posters posted outside of the guidance office.

High school is the beginning of your life. Through those four years, you will probably change your decision on what you want to do after school multiple times. This is your time to decide what you wanna pursue in life.

Churchland High School offers programs such as welding, cosmetology, culinary arts, and finance classes. Taking advantage of these classes and programs in high school is important and could help you learn key skills in the career you want to pursue.

Matthew Grocha, an 11th grader at Churchland High, says after he graduates in 2024 he wants to become a welder. Although welding doesn’t involve a college education, his dream college would be Virginia Tech. He is going to be a part of the welding program that Churchland offers during his junior and senior years. If welding doesn't work out, being an engineering mechanic would be his second choice.

Taking action in high school is a pathway to a better future. It’s smart to take advantage of the programs and classes Churchland offers; you’ll never know what skills you can acquire until you try.

Christian Cherry, a former student here at Churchland who now attends Penn Foster online school, says after he graduates this year in 2023, his plan is to attend TCC and then go to VCU School of Nursing. He plans to stick with nursing school and does not have a second plan.

Churchland also offers graduation counseling, SAT and ACT practice tests, and multiple websites to apply for scholarships. The graduation rate at CHS is 95%. Students who attend CHS also have the opportunity to take advanced placement coursework and exams. Churchland High School has made the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best High Schools in the nation.

Freshman Blake McGlynn says after he graduates in 2026 he wants to become a contractor. He would like to take the welding program and the baking classes that the school offers. His dream college would be Virginia Tech or ODU. If being a contractor does not work out, his second choice would be tree work or a welder.

Even when you're a freshman, it’s good to have an idea of what you want to do with your future. Being able to have the time and space to think is important. You might change your mind every few months, but knowing what your future is going to be by your senior year is very important.

Sophomore Jordan Lugo says she plans to attend college after she graduates in 2025. Attending the programs and electives that the school offers is also on her to-do list. She is undecided as of right now, but Miami University is the college she may want to attend.

Everyone is in a different stage of their lives right now. Whether you're undecided, planning, or have a plan, these four years of your life are for you to grow and learn skills that will help you in the future.

Photos: Emma Cherry


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