What do you remember about your high school graduation?
For my graduation, I had the honor of addressing my classmates because I was salutatorian. I dedicated my speech in memory of my dad, who had passed away a month before my graduation, and in honor of my mom. I kept my speech short because my graduation was inside, and it was sweltering in the school gym!
What do you miss most about high school?
I miss having the opportunity to help design a publication from scratch (I was editor-in-chief of the Tomahawk) and the camaraderie I experienced with swim team and marching band. I would say I miss learning, but if you’re living life right, you never stop learning!
Are you continuing your education or working, or both?
I currently work for a multimedia marketing and event services company called Coordinated 360. We are located in Uniontown and specialize in video production and event marketing/management. We operate the community television station, Fayette TV, for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce.
Do you feel that high school prepared you for your work now and what has been some surprising things about work/school?
High school, especially my honors English and history classes, fine-tuned my ability to compose my thoughts quickly and clearly. Communication, both written and verbal, and critical thinking are very important in my line of work and in many other professions. Not to be pessimistic, but one thing that’s surprising about the work world is that unfortunately, some people are not as reliable or true to their word as you might expect them to be. You can make a name for yourself by being a dependable and trustworthy person – these are character traits that you can begin cultivating in high school.
Are you friends with the same people from high school and have you made new friends?
I am very blessed to say that I am still pretty close with at least a couple of people that I have known since kindergarten, and probably half a dozen additional people I met at UHS. I made several good friends in college, and actually introduced one of those college friends to one of my high school classmates. The two of them are marrying each other next month!
Have you seen the completed renovations?
I have seen some of the new renovations. I have filmed basketball games for Fayette TV, and the new gym is impressive. As a former swimmer, I was also interested in renovations to the pool – the pool area looks much brighter with that fresh coat of paint.
Do you have any words of advice for current students?
My advice is to take your work seriously. Working hard in high school can build a great foundation for success in college and/or the workforce. Apply for lots of scholarships – the applications might be a pain, but it’s worth it when you don’t have as much student loan debt. On a different note, treat others as you would want to be treated. I like the quote, “Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Be yourself, and allow others to be themselves. Never be a bully, and have the courage to stand up for others who are being bullied. If you are someone who is being bullied, don’t allow others to define your self-worth. More people care about you than you might think, and even when everyone seems to fail you, I truly believe that God never will.