A new school year has come and with it, a new class of seniors. All their papers said grade 12 instead of 11, they had the luxury to park in the senior designated lot, sit in the senior cafeteria, and were struck with a new, grand priority—college applications.
On September 12, 2019, instead of proceeding to their third and fourth period classes, seniors went to informational group sessions led by the Student Services team, Administration, and senior class SGA sponsors, Sergeant Gordiano and Coach Fales. Afterwards, they enjoyed Subway catered lunch in the gymnasium.
“We don’t [normally] do anything at the beginning of the year,” said Mr. Motley. He explained that he was ready to tell seniors what this year is about for them. “I wanted to put together the kickoff to say, ‘Hey, it’s a new school year and you guys are seniors.’”
Some students are overwhelmed by thinking about the next phase of their lives, so Student Services shared information about how to start getting ready for college applications, financial aid, scholarships, graduation, and more. In addition, Mr. Motley held a session that talked about the new dress code and Atholton’s values.
“College applications are really motivating when you actually start getting into the whole process. It can definitely be frustrating and overwhelming but it helps to have a really supportive administration.”
“College applications are really motivating when you actually start getting into the whole process. It can definitely be frustrating and overwhelming but it helps to have a really supportive administration,” said Senior Victoria Adler.
Of course, for most seniors, getting to the graduation ceremony is enough motivation for them to finish out the hectic school year. Senior Bryce Waltan expressed how happy he was that the event had free food and that Mr. Motley “reached out” to students.
Senior Noah Kim shared his personal motto for getting through senior year: “Wake up and work hard.”
This was the second annual senior kickoff, founded by Mr. Motley. Atholton is the only Howard County High School that currently sponsors this event.
Mr. Motley’s goal is that every student will leave Atholton with enough knowledge to know what to do next.
Now that the school year is officially kicked-off, it’s time to get to work.