Graduation is coming up, and the seniors are getting ready to leave high school for college. Where are they going? What are they doing? Here is a testimony of one senior, Leah Barron.
Q: What is your plan for after PA?
A: I will be starting at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire this fall, and I will major in criminal justice and psychology and minor in Spanish.
Q: What is the special scholarship you received?
A: I received an outside scholarship called the Schulze Family Foundation Scholarship and they award it to a limited amount of students a year. Six hundred applied and I was one of the lucky ten. I am the first one from PA to ever receive this scholarship. The scholarship was meant for people who aren’t receiving any financial aid, and will later go into jobs that will help the community.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: Five years from now, I hope to be finishing up my Masters and having an internship or a job at a police station, or a starting job at a police station.
Q: What has been your favorite memory at PA?
A: My favorite memory at Providence would probably be playing undefeated in softball conference last year. It was pretty amazing to be a part of the team when that happened.
Q: How will what you learned at PA impact your life?
A: I think it definitely taught me to challenge myself and to ask “Why?” and not just to accept what society tells you. It also taught me a good work ethic and mental toughness.
Q: Are you excited or sad to leave Providence?
A: I am excited to leave because I have been here for four years; it is time to leave. I do appreciate all the time I’ve spent here and all the friends I have made.
Q: What was your all time favorite lunch at Providence?
A: My favorite lunch would have to be chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy. I know it’s not the most popular one but I am a sucker for mashed potatoes.
Q: What extra curriculars have you been involved in, and how have they formed you as a person?
A: I have been a house manager for theater, which means I am in charge of reservations, concessions, and tickets for four years now. I have been playing softball since freshmen year and I am a captain this year. I have also been a part of poetry club. I am also part of NHS, which involves a lot of volunteering. I also tutor a ninth grade student. All of this has helped me develop a mental toughness and become more social.
Q: How has your family impacted your life at PA?
A: I am the youngest of eight, and I have seven older brothers, so I am the only girl. That has affected me on being up for a challenge and being competitive and it has given me a unique outlook on life. Being the youngest of that many, you kind of observe things better.
Leah’s final words: “Providence has blessed me with great friends and two of them are Melanie Ivens and Mckenna Reller, they are my best friends ever. Also, my little ones Helena and Clara, shoutout to them for being awesome and making Journalism fun. Providence has really blessed me with great friends that will be with me for life. Dab.”
Leah, and the rest of the seniors, will be leaving soon and the rest of the school will miss them greatly. Clara McMillan, Class of 2019, says, “Providence won’t be the same without them.”
Good luck Class of 2017!