Our Last Homecoming
Homecoming is approaching, so you know what that means! There are so many upcoming events going on in school the next couple weeks. Powderpuff football is always a favorite for our juniors and seniors who take on the freshies and sophomores! Who will you put your bet on this year? Will the freshmores pull through? We’ll find out next week during our homecoming pep assembly on Friday, October 12th! Spirit week starts next week as well! Flyers are posted around the school; make sure to check them out and participate! Our 2018 homecoming court is getting ready for some healthy competition through the tossing of the eggs, climbing into the giant knocker balls to see who can remain on their feet, and finding the bubble gum in a pie of whip cream the quickest, but don’t worry girls, only the guys are ruining their makeup for that one! Later that night, head over to the stands at 6:30 to watch our homecoming court parade across the field in their sweet rides.The football team needs all your support as they take on Eisenhower. Keep your eyes on the players to watch this season: Senior, Cameron Bienio, Senior, Hunter Groger, Senior, Jordan Hollabaugh, Junior, J.D. McFadden, Junior, Bryan Kelly, and Sophomore, Joey King. Instead of running to the concession stands at halftime, stay tuned for the crowning of our homecoming princess and queen! That following Saturday, the 13th is homecoming, the last one for our seniors! Don’t miss the rustic themed dance DJ’d by our own Maplewood staff member and CEO of Millenium Sound, Mr. Mark Eisert. The dance starts 7:00 sharp and ends at 10:00, so get your dancing shoes ready! Homecoming week is a super exciting week and you don’t want to miss out on any of the fun! So get ready and enjoy your 2018 Homecoming week!
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Introducing Our Journalism Seniors
As senior year goes by, many are scrambling to figure out their future plans after high school, but our seniors in journalism are set to go.
Starting with our editor, Layla Joseph, 17, plans on attending a university to major in secondary education for English and special education. Her dream is to move west and start a family with her former high school sweetheart.. Yikes.
Varsity middle hitter, Sophie Varndell, 17, has hopes of continuing her volleyball and academic career at Slippery Rock University. She plans to get a degree in psychology and become a forensic interviewer. She plans to be a hot mom in the future.
Maplewood’s varsity libero, Alma Richardson, better known as Danielle, 17, wants to become a 31 - Kilo Dog Handler in the U.S. army. She wants to get married and start a family with two youngsters running around.
Tayler Hoover, 17, plans to attend Clarion or Slippery Rock University to major in Business and psychology. Tayler plans to get married, have kids, and hopefully adopt others as well.
Varsity cheerleader, Kamala Widdowson, 17, has hopes of attending The Pittsburgh Art Institute for either Graphic or Fashion design and Photography. She hopes to continue her photography business, Expressions of Hope. She has hopes of getting married and starting a family.
Varsity midfielder for Maplewood’s soccer team, Kersten Nageotte (not pictured), 17, hopes to attend Slippery Rock University to become a social worker and get her bachelor's degree. She plans to get married, start a family, and have three little boys of her own.
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Preparing For Life After High School
Figuring out the next step isn’t easy. Looking ahead trying to picture yourself pursuing your career may be scary for some. You’ve gotten so use to these halls at Maplewood, that it's hard to picture what’s next. Having a plan is important and it will prepare you for years to come. After high school, many students continue their education in college, enter the workforce if they haven't already, or sign themselves up to serve our country.
If you plan to further your education, there are some key things to focus on this year. This includes filing your FAFSA for financial aid. Along with that comes scholarships you’re eligible to apply to, to lessen the cost of your tuition. Check with Mrs. Hornstein and she’ll give you a list of scholarships you’re able to apply to. Apply to as many as possible! The more money you’re awarded, the less you have to come up with in the future. Picking a school is an essential factor to furthering your education beyond high school, whether it's local or you consider it your “reach school”, a decision needs to be made. Try to narrow down your decision by May at the latest. Do your research and make sure you meet all deadlines required!
If you’ve chosen to enter the workforce straight out of high school, you’re going to have to learn to be independent and responsible. For example, having transportation to and from your workplace is important. You’re going to be employed by someone who counts on you to be at your workplace at a scheduled time. Failure to be responsible will result in consequences and a possibility of losing your job. Being independent is a factor in the workforce as well. You must be able to support yourself, especially if you plan to move out of the house you grew up in. You must be able to get yourself up and on time to work everyday to be successful in the workforce. Being responsible and independent is key.
Serving our country is a brave decision for one who has chosen to do so after high school. There’s not much to say except good luck, god bless and thank you for protecting our country.
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The 2018-2019 school year begins! There are many things to look forward to as the seniors begin the first of many lasts! I’m sure the majority of the 2019 class is ready to get out of here, but with that, there are many who aren’t ready to leave. Many who aren’t ready for change. Though senior year is full of bittersweet moments, there are many positives to focus on, such as acceptance letters, scholarships, and the career you wish to pursue after high school.
Mrs. Hornstein, the school counselor, can tell you all about it. From the college application process, filing your FAFSA, talking to recruiters, meeting with college admissions counselors, to staying focused and motivated throughout your senior year, these are just some of the things to think about. Stop by and book an appointment with her and she can tell you anything you need to know and more! Whatever your career path may be, prepare yourself for what’s to come through all the classes and extras offered here. Take them seriously and absorb all the information you can, while enjoying your last year here at Maplewood to the fullest. Stay involved, have fun, and have a good year!
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