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A senior's thoughts at graduation

Amanda Verch is excited for graduation but not quite ready to say good by to friends as she prepares to head off to Montana for college.

With the Farmington High School Class of 2010 commencement coming up Friday, we recognized it's been a long time since any of us around here had to cross the platform. We've maybe forgotten the anticipation of the night, the excitement for the future.

So we decided to have a conversation with one of Farmington's soon-to-be graduates, Amanda Verch.

Amanda admits she's not been as active in extracurricular events this year as she was in the past. It's not the "senior slide" thing at all, though - her attention was focused on the tougher classes she'd scheduled for herself, her job at Pellicci Hardware and trying to plan her future. She's still looking forward to graduation, though.

"I do a lot of homework," she said

But in a couple of days? "I'll have a life."

It's the last week of school for you. Can you believe it's here already?

No, definitely not. It's crazy. I remember walking into the building on the first day, and I can't believe it's gone this fast. People are definitely right when they say that time flies the older you get.

What has been your favorite part of your senior year?

Favorite part? Let's see. There's a lot that happened this year. The football games were pretty cool this year because of the new stadium. That was a lot of fun. My favorite part? I felt like the seniors got a lot closer this year. Toys for Town was good this year, and going to state for volleyball. That was cool. I don't know. I met a lot of new people this year. That's about it. There's not one part that sticks out, I guess. It was all good.

Are you excited for graduation? Or maybe a little nervous?

It hasn't hit me yet. I'm excited to be done with school, but I think when it comes time to move out for college, I'm going to be sad. I'm excited to kind of just get away, and start over, I guess. I'm going to Montana for school.

In the meantime, are you looking forward to the grad parties?

Yes. You don't really have to buy any food during the month of June and July, because it's grad party after grad party and it's hectic trying to get to all of them, and to have your own. But yes, I'm looking forward to them.

And how many do you think you're going to go to?

Not sure. As many as I can.

Have you put a lot of thought into saying goodbye to your friends and things like that?

Not really, not yet. I think it will hit me more in August. It seems like it's kind of a touchy subject with seniors right now to talk about leaving. So, yeah, I'm not sure how it's going to go. But with Facebook and stuff, it will be easier to keep in touch.

Here's the question everyone asks - what do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a special education teacher. I did the mentor program for school, and I went into each grade level of elementary because I had always wanted to do elementary education, and I did a week in special education. I fell in love with it. And so, I'm going to school in Montana to get my degree in elementary education - that's in Boseman - and then I'm going to the Billings location to specialize in special education. And I've been working over at North Trail since like January, for a while now, with the special ed kids over there. I love it.

Any other random thoughts about graduation?

I hope it doesn't rain. I want (graduation) to be outside. We'll see.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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