Jimmy Walker – Staff Writer
As teenagers go through the first years of their lives, their paths are laid out for them. Go to middle school, get good grades, maybe play some sports or learn an instrument.
It continues into high school, but with a little more freedom. You make new friends, join a variety of clubs, and eventually, graduate.
However, what happens when you leave the familiar environment of public schooling and set out to find your way in life? Some of Hayes’ very own graduates have had to face this question, and are figuring out the answers.
Kayla Curry graduated from Hayes last school year. To Curry, the social skills she learned in high school will aid her greatly in this next chapter of her life.
“You do learn a lot of life skills, how to communicate with people, how to deal with a lot of people, because when you’re walking through the hallway, in real life you can’t just shove someone into a locker,” Curry said.
Although she was anxious after graduating, she’s pushing through and taking on college life. Accepted into Ohio University, she will begin her education at the beginning of the 2015 year.
Curry plans on majoring in criminology, so that she can forward her goal of becoming a detective. Curry will also be going through basic training with the Army National Guard next summer, to aid her in her goal of becoming a detective.
Curry also plans to play women’s basketball in college, as well as possibly joining the college’s rock climbing club.
Alongside Curry in the 2014 graduating class was Keenan Kimbro. Upon finishing high school, Kimbro was sad knowing that he wouldn’t get to see his friends as much as usual. However, he holds comfort in the fact that high school taught him how to properly manage his time, which he believes will be important as he moves through life.
“Time management is very essential, whether it’s a teacher harping on you in class, or a boss harping on you in a job,” Kimbro said. “Everywhere you’re going to go, you’re going to need to learn how to manage your time, and get things done when they’re supposed to be done so that you’re not getting in trouble.”
Kimbro plans to wait on going to college for about a year. In the meantime, he is helping out the little league football players in Delaware, passing on his knowledge to help improve their skills.
When Kimbro does head off for college, he will be attending the Arts Institution in Cincinnati for their culinary program. After those four years, Kimbro would like to intern in Italy for a few years, and then come back to the States and open his own Italian restaurant.
Nick Rozmer graduated from Hayes in 2013 and is beginning his second year post-high school. A former Talisman staff member, he is glad to be able to move on with his learning experience.
“I felt relieved because it was a long, weird journey through high school to do all that, and be required to go to it, whereas in college you’re not required to, so it’s almost more like you want to do it,” Rozmer said. “I felt great about it because I was finally able to work more, go to college and actually move on with my life and do what I wanted to.”
Now that he is out of high school, Rozmer plans to attend Columbus State for his first year of college, and hopes to then transfer to a college with a strong English program somewhere in South Carolina. He will use this education to begin his journey of becoming a high school English teacher.
“I write short stories, I wrote the stuff for the Talisman, I write reports. It’s all just writing to me. It’s fun,” Rozmer said.
The road ahead can seem tough, and for some, it very well could be. However these former students show that it can be managed, and best of all, the path is their own.
So as many of these Pacers saw farewell to Delaware, there is comfort knowing that the knowledge they gained while at Hayes is going to help them significantly in these upcoming years.