This year, The Avalon School will host their eighth graduating class, the Class of 2014. They will tie with last year’s Class of 2013 for the largest graduating senior class in Avalon history.
At this particular point in time, the seniors should be applying to and thinking about colleges which will help them obtain future careers and where they will spend the next four years of their school life.
Robert Gleason wants to major in education and political science and return to Avalon as a teacher. He is applying to Alvernia, Towson, Lenoir-Rhyne, Barton, Western Carolina, Shippensburg and Frostburg State.
Eric Hoffpauir hopes to study mechanical engineering and has applied to three schools with great programs for this. These schools would be the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech and MIT.
Andrew Merritt, has decided to attend St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, as he and his family move to Florida this summer. He will major in hospitality and tourism, hoping to manage his own hotel after his college graduation.
Alex Jacobs has an interest in biology as a major, but is unsure about what career to get out of it yet. He applied to about 11 universities, but his two top choices are Loyola and James Madison.
Chinese exchange students Suker Li and Samuel Li have several ideas about what to major in, including philosophy. Suker, who is also considering something in engineering or psychology, is applying to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Purdue, Ohio State, Catholic, Rutgers and Lehigh. Samuel, like Suker, is applying to Maryland, Virginia, as well as Penn State and Florida. There is a chance he might study biological and marine sciences.
Hugo Cifuentes doesn’t know what he wants to study, but chooses the University of Miami as his dream school. He is also interested in colleges like Florida International, American and George Washington.
Kenny Okwara, a recent transfer from Montrose Christian High School, is thinking about studying either computer science or medicine and will apply to Towson, UMBC, Bowie State and Maryland.
Jose Rivas will study business management, along with music, but has a dream job of playing professional tennis. He only applied to one school and that is the University of Maryland, but has Montgomery College as a safety school.
Basketball player Zamir Courtney wants to study business communications and has an interest in attending Towson University or American University.
Soccer player Xavier Irving plans to major in international business at schools like Elon University or Juniatia University.
Avalon baseball players Tommy Sanchez and Billy Lennox are both waiting to receive offers. Lennox recently received a letter from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, but he is still waiting for an official offer. The All-OLBC shortstop will have to wait until December to know if they will give him a spot. Sanchez is currently interested in playing for Towson.
Kyle Pleet, Aspen Feldman and Cody Schwartz want to play Division II or III football. All three are interested in playing for schools including Salisbury, McDaniel, Shenandoah and Shippensburg.
Isaac Boyd, along with his friends and family, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Avalon’s first two Division I football players Rachid Ibrahim and Jacquille Veii from last year. Although he hasn’t received any offers yet, Boyd has sparked interest in Indiana, Virginia, Georgia Tech, James Madison and Liberty. “If I don’t get an offer [this year], I’ll go to prep school for a semester and then, hopefully, I’ll receive my goal in playing for a major university,” he said.
Wyatt Karem, the quarterback for the Avalon Black Knights, is looking to go either Division I or Division II for football in college. He is looking into Towson, Shippensburg, Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut and wants to double major in journalism, along with either pre-med or archaeology.
Avalon football linemen Bert Mayo and Kenny Dove are planning to attend Santa Barbara City College, a junior college located in Santa Barbara, California, to improve their grades and, like Boyd, later play football for a Division I school.
Bryan Griffith is thinking about attending Montgomery College to study music, although he is also considering West Virginia University.
Ethan Heiser is unsure about what he will be doing next year, but finds it most likely that he will attend Frederick Community College and maybe earn a degree in automotive technology.
Surprisingly, Vietnamese exchange student Can Ngyuen, who is one of the top students in the class, has decided to attend Montgomery College. He explained by saying, “It’s inexpensive and I’m undecided [on my major] and later I can transfer to the University of Maryland for half its price of four years”.
Finally, Jimmy O’Neill, who will not be attending college, hopes to be a plumber. He will work at a restaurant and attend trade school and later, from the help of his older brother, he will earn his dream job.
We wish luck to the Class of 2014 wherever they end up going for the next few years.