Carroll County Public Schools’ final high school graduation at the Carroll County Agriculture Center’s Shipley Area happened Thursday evening as South Carroll High School’s class of 2021 was celebrated.
The 253 graduates were recognized for their accomplishments and wished well in their future endeavors. Altogether, they earned $5 million in scholarship funds and collected 38,000 service learning hours. Of the 253 graduates, 70% are planning to attend a four-year college, 20% are headed to a two-year school 3% are attending a technical or trade school and one student is entering the military.
One of the graduates is Kelsey Shekore, who is part of the 70% headed to a four-year school. The Times caught up with her to learn about her plans and her high school experiences.
Q: How would you describe your high school experience?
A: My high school experience was overall super fun! There were definitely some stressful times in my classes, but running track and cross country, having most of my classes with my friends, and having overall amazing teachers and coaches really made high school worth the homework!
Q: How would you describe your experience when schools were virtual/hybrid?
A: When school was virtual, I actually really enjoyed being on my own schedule and getting things done a little quicker while also being able to make time to read a book or go for a run in the middle of the day rather than having to wait until the end. I was able to manage my time a little better when we were virtual, but I missed being able to see my friends everyday. Once I went into hybrid, I couldn’t believe I had been virtual for so long — it was great to laugh with my friends, ask my teachers questions and get more than a vague explanation, and generally be in a classroom setting again.
Q: What are your academic and/or career plans?
A: I plan on studying biochemistry and forensic science at Penn State on their main campus in the Schreyer Honors College.
Q: How has high school prepared you for those plans?
A: High school has prepared me for what the workload will be sort of like in college. The majority of the classes I took were AP classes, especially in the last two years, so I am starting to really understand how much I will have to focus on school, but also how I can work having a job, running, and hanging out with friends into a rigorous academic schedule. High school has also helped me become more independent, which will be very important going into a big college where some of my classes will be huge and I won’t be able to ask many questions.
Q: What is your favorite high school memory?
A: My favorite high school memory is either winning states during my junior year or being pretty much alone on the dance floor with my closest friends at prom this year, singing to each other and laughing and just being in each other’s presence.
Q: What is something you learned in high school that you will carry with you in the next chapter of your life?
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A: Something I learned in high school that I will carry with me is to surround yourself with people that can make you happy even at your lowest points. I struggled in high school with keeping my head up when I was going through rough patches, either with sports, grades, or general mental health, and my friends and family have always been there to support me and help me to trudge through those rough patches to get to the green grass and clear skies on the other side.