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Future ready

January 2024

“I have really enjoyed getting to know this class,” said Ashlyn Birks, 6-12 grade counselor. “I have known this class for their entire high school careers, so it has been fun to watch them grow and mature. Some of them like to pop by my office just to say hi or tell me what is going on in their lives. I’ll miss these visits, talking to them about their plans, and seeing their smiling faces in the hallway.”


Currently, two-thirds of the Coon Rapids-Bayard class of 2024 is pursuing some type of education after high school, whether that be vocational, technical, college, or other. One-third of the class is electing to go straight into the workforce. 


Two CR-B seniors were asked what their intent is after they walk across the stage in May.


“My future plan looks like either taking a gap year to build up to going to college or doing online classes,” said Bella Green. “I look forward to taking that break and then getting back to it.”


“As of right now, my plan after graduation is currently undecided,” said Chance Schultes. “I have visited a couple colleges to explore and see if I could find anything that would interest me. I would like to find a career in management, sales, customer service, or IT technology. I am looking forward to seeing what my future holds and where I end up.”


Birks encourages seniors to take advantage of all opportunities presented to them and enjoy the moments. She stresses to not get so busy focusing on the future that you miss the present.


“I am excited to start a new chapter in my life,” Schultes concluded. 

*Front page group photo by Natural Expression Photography

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