Teachers bid farewell, but not without offering some final lessons.
“Pay attention!” “Look where you’re going!” “Get off your phone!” Teachers jeered as some teens talked on or looked at their cellphones from behind the wheel, others distracted by summer and its possibilities.
Minutes earlier it looked like business as usual: class in the morning and two lunch blocks.
Students scattered about the cafeteria. Some were engrossed in their pocket-sized screens. Others talked about summer plans, their futures and the challenges to come next school year — one grade closer to graduation.
Rising sophomore Noah Lawson, a Mount Airy resident, took a break from his A&W root beer to talk about summer plans.
South Carroll students said they had vacations planned to local destinations, like Ocean City and Bethany Beach; others will catch rays in more exotic locals like California, Bermuda and the Dominican Republic.
Sarah Trail, a rising junior from Mount Airy, is joining her family on vacation to the Dominican Republic, with its white-sand beaches and teal waters. She said she’s going scuba diving for the first time.
“I’m scared of the ocean,” she said, “so I’m not that excited.”
“I’m looking forward to doing peer facilitating in the spring. You can’t do that as an underclassman,” she said of the program that collaborates with the school’s counseling office to help other students. “If [students] have an issue and don’t want to talk to a counselor, they can talk to a peer.”
Peer counseling align with her career interests, psychology. She’s taking AP Psychology next year.
And she isn’t the only one thinking about her future aspirations. John Moulton, a 14-year-old rising sophomore, said he’s participating in an explorers program with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
“I want to be a police officer or some kind of detective,” he said. But he will also have time for some fun. He’s going to visit family in Massachusetts, where he’ll go to a Red Sox game. He looks forward to watching his favorite player Mookie Betts play in person.
As the second lunch block neared its end, some students thought about the next school year.
A group of rising junior girls, including Trail and Hess, said they were nervous for junior year. “Harder classes,” they agreed.
Seventeen-year-old Justin Sherwin, a rising senior, said he looked forward to 12th-grade privileges. He and his classmates will be “getting more freedom,” Sherwin said. “Like getting to go into the courtyard.”
At 11:30 a.m., the school bell sounded, finally. A school administrator offered some school-year-closing remarks over the intercom before releasing the anxious teens for summer.