Senior year is getting very real for the class of 2019 at Heritage High School. Every morning, announcements about the FAFSA, TN Promise and numerous scholarship opportunities echo into the ears of about 365 seniors.
Last Tuesday, Oct 16, seniors were offered an ACT retake to bump up their scores for scholarships and college applications, which are all the buzz throughout Heritage.
Many seniors have applied to multiple places in the state and out of state. Kati Lowe has applied to Stanford, Duke and Columbia and says “Now that applications are out it’s an odd kind of relief. It’s kinda like the zephyr before a massive tornado. It’s all just a waiting game now.”
There are also students who have gotten acceptance letters to their dream colleges. Lyric Burnside, who has gotten acceptance letters from Tennessee Tech University, Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Tennessee Knoxville, said, “It’s a very big relief to hear that you have been accepted. Now the only thing I have to worry about is picking a college and filling out scholarships.” The FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid), an application that determines how much a student is qualified for Federal Aid, opened up for seniors to fill out on Oct 1. Heritage’s counseling center has held “FAFSA nights” to help seniors and their families with filling out the FAFSA. Many people have found these informative and helpful in filling out the daunting document.
And of course, Jostens came to sell the class of 2019 their caps, gowns, tassels, and the rest of the senior gear. On ordering day, the hallways were full of “Class of 2019” bags and shirts, proving that the seniors are excited for the happening.