Graduating St. Vrain Valley seniors say finding passions, new experiences let them make most of high school

As local graduating seniors look back on their high school experiences, they have a slew of suggestions to help incoming freshmen get the most out of their four years.

Their expert advice includes getting involved, but not overextended and keeping on top of homework, but not letting grades or test scores define you. Other recommendations include staying open to new experiences and new people and taking advantage of tutors and helpful teachers if you struggle with academics.

About 4,600 St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley seniors are graduating, with most schools holding ceremonies this weekend.

When she graduates, Laura McConahy will leave behind four years of active involvement at Longmont High School.

The senior, who is headed to Gonzaga University in the fall to study nursing, was both an athlete and a scholar. She was student body president and a member of the National Honor Society, the Leadership Forum and the Student Advisory Board. Plus, she played soccer and volleyball and studied medicine at the BioScience Academy.

Her advice: "Get involved in everything you can. I know you will hear that a lot, but it is the best choice I made in high school."

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