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Shayla Newell - Senior Spotlight

Full Name:  Shayla Newell

1.  What are your plans after high school (college, work force, future profession)? 
I plan to attend community college that is near home for two years, then to transfer to a four year college based on my choices for my future profession.

2.  What was the biggest change for you between your freshman and senior year? 
I would say the greatest change for me from freshman year to my senior year would be that I found out how to stand up for myself, realize who my true friends are, and learn how to enjoy life and not be so concerned about other people’s opinions.

3.  Which class challenged you the most and why?
All my math- related classes challenged me the most, especially since math is my toughest subject since grade school. Another one would be my Spanish classes, since learning a completely new language was tough but exciting, and being able to read and speak Spanish turned out to be really useful in my life and fun as well!

4.  What person do you look up to the most and why?
I would have to say that I look up to my Nana, for she taught me to always try to laugh every day and to always be kind, compassionate, and considerate to everyone around you. She also taught me how to always have fun in my life and live life to the fullest.

5.  What will you miss most about Forreston High School?
I will miss all of my friends and classmates since I was able to chat, talk, and laugh along with everyone, even when times seemed tough back at home.  I’ll also miss my teachers, for they are the reason I have become who I am today, and they were my anchors to help me discover my future.

6.  What advice would you give incoming freshmen?
Be yourself.  Life has challenges along the way, but it’s so you can get stronger and ready for the next challenge ahead. Don’t let people bring you down to their level, and be happy for who you are; you’ll realize how much better it feels than to only focus on popularity or other people’s opinions.  Also, remember that you are not alone. People do care, and do want to help you out when times are tough on you.  Don’t stay silent. If bullying is occurring near you or towards you, do something about it! Ask a teacher, a counselor, or even an adult- remember that you are loved!!

Be sure to always be kind and positive.  Try to make people smile by smiling back or by saying hi, and be sure to laugh every day- because laughter is truly the best medicine that has ever been discovered ~!

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