With graduation rapidly approaching, I decided that it would be interesting to interview soon to be Black Hills Graduates to see what they intend on doing after they finally walk across that stage in 5 months.
Soon to be Viking, Emma Carrie Duff will be continuing her 12-year basketball career at Western Washington University in Bellingham this fall. After receiving offers from the University of Mary, Western, and Concordia, she realized she could not bring herself to leave the beautiful state of Washington and made the tough decision to attend Western. Duff states how she fell in love with the city of Bellingham, and while touring the campus felt that, the school could be a second home for her. An additional excitement for Duff is the 2-year remodel on Carver Gymnasium, which will be completed in time for the start of their hopefully exceptional 2017 season. This will make her a part of the first women’s Viking basketball team to use the remodeled court. While the 2016 2A Evergreen Conference Co-MVP spends most her days on the court, she has never let that distract her from her academic responsibilities. Throughout her schooling, science has remained to be her favorite subject, and she plans to major in Biology. After completing her bachelor at Western, she intends to work with a wildlife rehabilitation program.
Stellar student, Maxwell Parker, has dedicated years of hard work on his education. All of which has landed Parker with an accumulated G.P.A. of 3.96, all for the chance to attend his dream school, University of Southern California. After touring USC, Parker realized how much he loved the vibe that went throughout the campus. He recalls how, “People were very spirited and proud of their school,” he felt included even though he was not a Trojan. Yet. While keeping his options open, he has also applied to the University of Portland, University of Southern California, California Polytechnic State University, Santa Clara University, and the University of San Diego. Currently Parker is waiting to hear back from every school, but his plan remains the same despite which college he chooses to attend. He intends on majoring in Mechanical engineering, then pursuing a job in the auto industry. With hopes of one day being able to work for Tesla Motors.
Although a devastating ACL tear brought his senior football season to an abrupt end, promising athlete Conner Furu refuses to let that stop his dreams of playing college football. He has spent endless hours in physical therapy with aspirations of making a full recovery and stepping back on the field better than ever. While he has offers coming in from NAIA Montana Tech, Division 3 Mount Union, also Division 3 Linfield, his highest contending school is Division 1 Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The opportunity to play at a D1 college caught Furu’s eye, along with their strong exercise science program. Furu remains undecided on which college he plans to attend next fall, but at the moment, he knows two things for certain. No matter what, he will be playing football at college and he will be studying for his bachelor in exercise science and pre-athletic training. Once college ends, Furu is intrigued in becoming a Football Coach / Athletic Trainer.
A.G. West Black Hills High School student, Meghan Reichert has been a Cowboy from birth. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Meghan moved to Washington when she was only 6 years old. She then began her education through Tumwater School District by attending Michael T. Simmons, to Tumwater Middle School, and now Black Hills High School. After high school, Meghan will be attending Oklahoma State University, and plans to receive a bachelor degree in Biological Chemistry. With intentions of using her bachelorette as a pre-med degree, she is hopeful of becoming an orthodontist after OSU. Reichert’s plan has always been to attend Oklahoma State, and out of pure curiosity I could not resist asking, “What made OSU your dream college?” She stated how her passion for attending Oklahoma State University “mainly generates from her parents and also grandparents being alumni.” Now Meghan has been offered a $45,000 scholarship from the college, but is waiting to hear back from other scholarships that she has applied for.
By: Catherine Taylor