Rock Bridge graduates look forward to future dreams

Friday, May 24, 2013 | 8:38 p.m. CDT; updated 6:11 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 25, 2013
Rock Bridge graduates walked across the stage at Mizzou Arena on Friday evening and became graduates. The 2013 graduating class of Rock Bridge High School had 570 seniors.

COLUMBIA — In the words of Rock Bridge High School's commencement speaker, senior Mahogany Thomas, each and every one of us has an impact on the world in one way or another.

Senior Emily Baird would love to spend her life doing just that by helping those around her.

Baird, 18, plans to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City and said that although she has not decided on a major, she wants to dedicate her life to helping others. Baird is considering a health care major and would like to volunteer at a hospital this summer to get an early start on her college career.

Baird said she is ready for what's to come.

"I'm really excited to start fresh and meet new people and experience new things," she said. "I'm not sad. I think that will set in at the end of the summer before I leave. I'm really happy and ready for this new chapter in my life."

While some seniors anticipate the life changes, others seem to feel slightly different about graduation. Senior Hyelee Won, 18, will be attending MU this fall and will be pursuing a career in journalism. Won graduated with honors and spent a lot of her high school career participating in activities such as National Honors Society and Tri Theta. Although she won't be traveling far for college, Won still worries about life after high school.

"The last three years at Rock Bridge have been so much fun, and honestly I wish I had one more year," Won said. "I'm scared to be leaving high school, but quite a few of us are going to MU, so that will make it better."

Baird and Won graduated alongside 568 other seniors on Friday night, and were welcomed shortly after by the senior all-nighter at the Hearnes Center.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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