Seniors are my favorite.
I absolutely love being able to capture this season of a high school senior, venturing off into a new chapter. There is so much excitement, so much anticipation. I ask them about their dreams and goals and their eyes light up as they look into the future. They talk about what they want to learn, who they want to be friends with, what they want to be known for. They think about the new classrooms, new dorm rooms, and new campus they will inherit. They are ready to discover who they are, as they negotiate new environments all on their own.
I also love to be able to capture the season of the college graduate. I can’t overemphasize how much maturing can happen in four years. My college seniors are self-confident and assured. They talk about their accomplishments and what they overcame. They reflect on the growing pains but appreciate how strong they became in the process. They left a nest, made amazing friendships, conquered tough academic trials, and cheered on their favorite football team. There is an anticipation for the next chapter, but a sense of fulfillment from the chapter they recently closed.
Class of 2016 — I am so proud of you and who you will become. I will continue to be your biggest cheerleader!
Maddie Fiorante recently graduated from Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon and is headed to the University of Georgia to ride for their NCEA Equestrian Team.
Erin Gillette recently graduated from Texas Christian University. Erin had a stellar career riding reining and horsemanship horses for TCU’s NCEA Equestrian Team.
Hannah Donald, from Highland Village, Texas, is heading to Oklahoma State University.
Emma Montesi, from Fort Worth, Texas, will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design.
Liz Sanders recently graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Human Development and a minor in Biology.
Ellie Harrold recently graduated from Cottage Grove High School in Cottage Grove, Oregon. She will be studying Natural Horsemanship at the University of Montana Western.
Savannah Boots recently graduated from Colleyville Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville, Texas. She will study nursing at Dallas Baptist University.
Lorin Howard will be attending Auburn University this fall in their Pre-Vet program.
Drew Rogers, from Bakersfield, California, is headed to Auburn University to ride for their NCEA Equestrian Team.
Rebekah Starkey graduated from Texas Tech University this spring with her Nursing degree.
Callie Foster recently graduated from West Ouachita High School and is headed to the University of Mississippi in the fall.
River Jones recently graduated from Wilsonville High School in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Colby Plott (my favorite sweatshirt model) recently graduated from Texas Christian University, where she rode for their NCEA Equestrian Team.