In the spotlight: Two soon-to-be Middle Park grads ponder their future
The pomp and circumstance of this weekend’s East Grand High School graduation is more than just a watershed moment, it is an opportunity to reflect on the past four years and examine the type of lives local students have created for themselves on their way to a diploma.
But it’s also a time for looking to the future.
Two soon-to-be graduates talk about what they are looking for in their future adult lives.
Kiera Barr: A sports star
For senior Kiera Barr the last four years have been a whirlwind.
“It goes by quicker than you think,” Barr said.
The young lady is looking forward to Saturday’s graduation ceremony, and her future, with a feeling of awed reward while acknowledging the nerve-racking nature of preparing for such a momentous occasion.
“I am excited to be going on to the next chapter of my life,” she added.
After graduation, Barr plans to spend the summer working and working out in preparation for next fall’s athletic season. Barr will be attending McCook Community College in Nebraska and will be playing volleyball for the Indians. Barr’s recruitment to the McCook volleyball squad is not surprising given her extensive and successful high school athletics career during which she played volleyball and basketball for four straight years as well as track and field and soccer one year each.
Barr said her participation in sports was her favorite part of high school and noted the unique community and atmosphere that developed amongst her and her fellow teammates. Her favorite memory of high school was going to the state volleyball tournament as a junior.
In terms of academics Barr said advanced-placement environmental science was her favorite class.
“I love learning about that stuff,” Barr said. “It is practical and something I understand.”
Her love of environmental science should serve her well in her future educational pursuits. Barr said s he plans to study nursing and engineering with a focus on environmental science in college. She hopes to get into the nursing world with hopes of becoming a traveling nurse.
Barr’s advice to younger students preparing to start high school next fall was to “live in the moment” and “take advantage of every opportunity the school gives you because if you don’t you will regret it.”
Aaron Miller: A music man
For Aaron Miller, Saturday’s graduation is a relief of sorts that presents a world of possibilities for the future.
“It feels incredible,” Miller said. “It feels like the whole beginning of your life is leading to this. I am excited to get everything finished up at MPHS and get started on my next chapter.”
Miller will stay in Grand County for the next seven months and plans to spend his time working before heading off to travel the county with a gap year program called Up With People. During his time with Up With People Miller said he will be traveling, volunteering and playing music amongst an array of other activities.
After wrapping up his six-month stint with Up With People Miller said he will be starting college at CU Denver in the fall of 2019. He plans to obtain a recording arts degree and go into either sound engineering or production direction for his future career.
It will be a good fit for the young musician and drummer who participated in Middle Park’s high school band and served as the drummer for the student-led jazz band, Possible Bueno. Miller plans to continue playing music in college but said he was still deciding whether or not he would attend ensemble classes at CU Denver.
“I already know a lot of musicians in Denver that I have worked with already,” Miller said. “I will probably work with them more once I live there.”
Along with his deep love of music, Miller also participated in drama at Middle Park High School, which provided one of his favorite memories from high school.
“All of high school kind of feels like just one big memory,” Miller said. “But the last show we did for our spring play, “Rock of Ages,” and that will stay in my mind.”
Miller’s advice to incoming freshman was to not over think their high school careers.
“Just enjoy it,” Miller said.
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