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Senior look toward bright futures, reflect on recent memories

The past is a memory and the future is unknown for the area's high school seniors.

Some want to stay here, others want to move away, some will remember field trips and others will remember the sports. No matter where they go or what they remember, high school will soon be but a memory to them as another group of Lawrence County students move on their way.

Candase Delawder, 17, from Dawson-Bryant High School said she plans to stay in the area because she would miss her family and friends. She said she likes the small-town feel of Coal Grove.

Delawder, who will attend Huntington Junior College to become a medical attendant, said she will remember socializing and senior prom.

"I loved prom," she said. "My date had a mohawk."

Sarah Bollinger and Monya Lykins, also from Dawson-Bryant, both said they will remember going to Cedar Point with the AP Calculus class their junior year.

Both 18-year-olds said they will probably stay close to home after graduating.

Bollinger will be attending Shawnee State University for dental hygiene andLykins is going into pre-med at Marshall University.

Not every student wants to stay in the area though.

Brittani King, 18, from Fairland High School is also aiming north.

"I want to live in the New England states," King said. "I'm going to teach elementary education, second grade."

She said her fondest memory of school was a field trip to Washington, D.C. in eighth grade.

King will be attending Marshall University.

"I'll remember the football games on friday nights and being a majorette," said Sarah Waggoner, 18, also from Chesapeake.

She said high school was about being involved and active.

"I'd eventually like to be in a hospital as a physical therapist or nursing practitioner," said Waggoner who will attend the University of Kentucky for pre-physical therapy.

Many students in this batch have entered a new school building during their four years.

"It was pretty funny when we moved to the new schools with everyone getting lost," said Angie Sisler, 17, from Rock Hill High School.

She said she is not sure where she will be in 10 years, but in the near future she will be attending Ohio University Southern for middle school education.

Michael Higgins, 18, from Fairland will not take the change of a new school with him but rather the change from home to school.

Higgins said he was home schooled until ninth grade so he will remember the experience of public school for the first time.

He will be attending The Ohio State University for either business or engineering. Higgins said he is not sure which major he wants to pursue.

With another school year finished and 2005's group of seniors on their way, next year will produce a new group with their own goals and memories.