By: Erin Davis
The end of senior year is quickly approaching with only a few months left before the Class of 2018 will leave us. This class is getting thrown into a new life including college, trade school, and plenty of other things to do after they leave Male.
Senior Tanner Funk is going to trade school at Sullivan University. He plans on studying culinary arts. The National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan features eight modern kitchens, pastry laboratories, as well as an on-site gourmet restaurant-everything a cook needs to learn all there is about culinary arts.
Funk states, “I have always enjoyed cooking. Ever since I was a little kid, I would enjoy watching my mom while she made dinner offering to help anyway I could and I guess it kinda grew on me. Also I just really love food, because who doesn’t?”
His favorite part of cooking is finding new flavors that work well together. “Experimenting is the best because you get to combine different foods and see how they will taste together. Sometimes it’s something great and sometimes you need to just throw it away.”
Hannah Childress (12) has decided to attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a plan major in music production.
Childress says, “I wanted to pursue music production, and Belmont has the best music program on the East Coast. They also have a ton of professional connections that help with finding a job in the music industry as well.”
Regarding her decision she states, “I love how music can make you forget the unpleasant things in life and how it has the ability to bring people together. Live music is definitely my favorite because there’s no better feeling than when you’re in a room full of strangers and the artist stops singing and it’s this mob of people all singing together and feeling something. Everyone is just focused on the moment with no worries. I always get goosebumps when the crowd sings.”
Seniors are not the only ones deciding what’s next for them. Junior Maddie Rediker is graduating early this year, having already acquired all of her credits. Rediker wanted to get a head start on life and what it has to offer. She plans to attend Western Kentucky University and study special education.
Rediker says, “I have always loved working with kids and helping out my mom by watching my brother. Also I am dyslexic and I want to help kids who struggle with learning and can’t afford to get the help they need at private schools that offer special programs.” She plans on becoming a Special Education teacher and work in a program like Special Friends we have here at Male.
While these students have their futures planned out, some students may still be wondering what’s next for them. Childress advises, “You definitely don’t have to have a major picked out right away or have your whole life figured out. Just pick something that interests you and see where it goes. Don’t worry about how much money you’ll make, just study what makes you happy.”