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Class of 2019 – Roland Russ

Roland Russ Roland Russ is a member of the class of 2019. Find out what he's doing after graduation! 

What is your favorite memory from your high school education?

My favorite memory from my high school education is when I scored a 19 on my ACT. It took me three tries and the scores of my first two tests were a 14 and 15. When I got my first two scores back I was upset but I still knew that I had one more free waiver and I knew there was more work needed to be done. I took the extra time out of my day to study and watch videos so that I can learn the material that I needed to know even better. I was really determined to get a better score on my test because I knew what I was capable of doing. When I got my third score back I was excited because it went up four points to a 19. It may not seem like that much of an achievement but it made me eligible to be able to go to most colleges and it also made me realize how much you can improve if you’re willing to put in that extra work when nobody is there to help you or push you to do that extra work.

What advice would you give someone just starting high school?

Some advice that I’ll give to incoming freshmen is, education is very important. I say this because having an education can get you to different and better places in life. You have to make sure your grades are on point but at the same time you have to make sure you know what you’re learning and not just copying or cheating off your peers to get the grades you want. One thing that kept me motivated to do good in school was a quote from Nelson Mandela. He stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This quote really inspires me to go to school everyday and it makes me want to learn something new everyday and I hope it can do the same for all of the incoming freshmen. 

What are your plans for the future?

My plan for next year is to go to college and study criminology and law enforcement and get a degree in criminal justice. Hopefully after completing college, I want to become a police officer. I still haven’t decided where to I’m going to attend college next year.