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4,380 Days, 105,120 hours and 6,307,300 seconds is the length of time the Class of 2022 has been waiting to graduate. The students will be walking across the stage at Chrisman High School on May 22nd at 2:00 p.m.
After graduation, the students will be taking various paths. Many will be going to college, others joining the military or straight to the workforce. The class consists of less than thirty students, all from different walks of life, but together, they are a great group of kids with a bright futures ahead of them.
With the exception of a few students who have graduated early or were not available for an interview conducted by Principal Cole Huber, we take a look at the future plans of the Class of 2022.
Kendl Lemmon plans to attend Indiana State University and major in Criminology on a Pre-Med track. “Criminology has always been something that has interested me. I like watching the Crime TV shows and I want to be able to solve murder mysteries,” Lemmon said. “The plan is to be a Forensic Pathologist.” Kendl chose Indiana State due to it being close to home, but not too close. “It’s scary, but I’m looking forward to it.” In five years, Kendl sees herself still in school, studying and working.
Ty Woodyard plans to continue working at his current job on a farm, detailing trucks. “I’m going to keep doing that for awhile and I hope to get into an apprenticeship lineman program and be a traveling lineman,” Woodyard said. The idea of getting paid to go to school rather than paying to go to school and traveling for free is what appeals to Ty about the lineman position. Woodyard currently has a successful car detailing business that he started after he didn’t have a license to get a job, so he started ‘Woodyard Auto Detailing’. “I’m most looking forward to not having school get in the way of me making money like it has before.”
Connor Taylor plans to take some time off after graduation to save up money, then look into joining the National Guard to be a Heavy Equipment Operator. “I’ve grown up around all kinds of machinery, from farm equipment to trucks, semis,” Taylor said. “I’ve always been good at it and I’ve always been interested in it.” Connor’s goal would be at a job that pay well. “Freedom is what I’m looking forward to most after graduation.”
Dyas Miller plans to go into the National Guard after graduation as a ‘12 November’. “It’s basically an engineer. I plan out roads and buildings, then I go and build them,” Miller said. “After I get done with Basic and AIT’s, I plan to go to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to get my Civil Engineering degree.” Dyas likes the idea that he will get to plan out everything and be in the State of Illinois. He plans to stay around the community and fix the problems in the area. He chose the National Guard because of the benefits. “If a hurricane happens, I’m sent down there to help rebuild the community. I chose Carbondale because that’s really the only university that has a Civil Engineering Degree.” In five years, Miller hopes to have his civil engineering degree or finishing it up. He plans to move back to Chrisman and start a life. “I’m looking forward to just having my own money and my own stuff.”
Wesley Rollins plans to either join the military or become a fire fighter. “From a young age, I just wanted to help people and protect people when they can’t protect themselves,” Rollins said. Wesley plans to stay in the area and is most looking forward to helping people. In five years, he sees himself in the military or involved in the fire department.
Tobie Haton has plans to join the United States Army. “I like to serve my community and country and it’s in my family,” Haton said. In joining the military, he plans to obtain his CDL and has plans to work with his father. He looks forward to traveling with the military and his CDL. “I look forward to traveling all over except for Hawaii and Alaska.”
Karson Lewsader has plans to travel and become an entrepreneur while posting on social media. “I’ve tried multiple jobs, like Frostop and Taco Bell, and there’s nothing wrong with them. I just don’t like the house, same job over and over,” Lewsader said. “The main places I want to travel to is Las Vegas. I’ve been there before and it’s a really hot spot for me. Baili, Peru and some of the weird countries. Colorado and Texas are beautiful states. I just want to see everything.” Karson plans on purchasing a VR headset to make money on TikTok. Once he gets enough money to move out, that’s when he will begin his traveling. “I’ll have like an SUV and put a bed in that. I’ve always dreamed of doing that. I’ll post some videos and make some money off of those.” Making money on TikTok is something Lewsader has already started, but it’s not enough to get him out the door. “What I’m looking forward to the most is creating new friendships and giving back to the community. In five years, hopefully I’ll be financially free and be able to bless someone else.”
Senior Madison Jones plans to become a CNA after graduation.
Kaylee Keck plans to attend Lincoln Tech to get her Medical Assistant Certification, something she will begin on June 26th and should be completed my next April. “I’ve always been interested in the medical field. It’s a big part of my family. I enjoy helping people and it’s always been a passion of mine.” Keck said. “Eventually, I want to an ER Nurse. I’ve been working my way up there. Once Kaylee receives her certification, she will go back to college. Getting an early start gives Keck the hope that she will be able to retire earlier than most making this a big part of her decision. “I’m looking forward to being away from home, meeting new people, experiencing city life instead of living in Chrisman.”
Josh Schrock plans to join the National Guard and attend Lake Land College for IT to work on computers. “I just plan on working my whole life until I retire,” Schrock said. “I really like working on computers, it brings me a lot of joy.” Knowing technology is where the future is headed, Schrock knows this will be a field that’s always growing, along with opportunities to make good money. His choice to join the National Guard comes from wanting to help people and gives him a chance to help those who are more in need than himself. In five years, he plans to move to Ohio to start his life. “I have to wait eight months for the National Guard, then I’ll come back to Lake Land.” Josh said. Once he’s completed school at Lake Land, Schrock plans to move back to Ohio and find a job there. “I’m looking forward to being on my own, focusing on myself and dealing with my problems and no one else’s.”
Maecy Johnson recently signed with Vincenness University to major in Ag Business and play volleyball. “I grew up on a farm, so Ag is in my culture and I think it would be fun helping my dad out throughout the year,” Johnson said. When she toured the University, it felt like home. “Their Ag Department was super nice and I can’t wait to go.” Maecy enjoys the paperwork and the fertilizer side of the Ag Business. This summer, she will has an internship at Nutrien Ag Solutions in Dana, Indiana, helping her to learn the fertilizer said of the Ag business. Her winning nature also aided in her decision to attend Vincenness since the coach hasn’t lost a home game in six years. “I like the girls since I met them and they seem really fun. I think I’m going to like being there. I’m ready to take classes that will help me out in the future.”
Checotah Cook plans to attend Danville Area Community College in the fall and major as an Automotive Tech. “I have a big interest and I think I can work on cars and have fun with it as a career,” Cook said. “I’d like to open my own ship, maybe a performance shop. Maybe have multiple shops in Florida and California.” Cook is looking forward to the college experience and doing different things. “I like that DACC is a smaller college and I have a lot of friends going there, so I won’t be alone.”
Maddie Gibbens plans to attend Cosmetology School after graduation.
Kailey Phipps plans to attend Indiana University and major in Nursing. “I fell in love with the campus and it’s a good distance from home. It’s close enough where if I need something, I can come home. But I’m still branching out away from my family.” Phipps said. “I chose nursing because I took the Health Occ class and I fell in love with helping people. I’m leaning towards pediatrics because I like kids.” Kailey is looking forward to not being in a small town and having easy access to a grocery store and meeting new people. “I might join a sorority, but I’m not sure. I will be involved in something.”
Alexis McDaniels plans to attend Temple College in Texas to major in Nursing. “Temple is a smaller college and I’m used to small classes, so I thought it would be a good benefit.” Being a nurse is something that runs in McDaniel’s family starting with her great grandmother. “My great grandma, my grandma and my cousin have all been in the medical field, so I felt like it was a good fit for me.” Alexis is looking forward to meeting new people, making new friendships and going to a bigger state. McDaniels has plans to be a Labor and Delivery Nurse. “I love babies and I love kids, so I feel like it’s a good fit for me. After I do the RN, I want to go back and get my Bachelors.” Nursing also appealed to McDaniels due to if she doesn’t like the area where she’s working, she’s able to go to different places.
Kendall Tevebaugh plans to attend the University of Kentucky to major in Pre-Medical Laboratory Sciences. “Kentucky, it really fits my major. It’s really high ranked in that category,” Tevebaugh said. “I really love the campus and I’m ready for that change.” Her major was decided when she took the Health Occ course and was shown the life of the lab. “I think I can handle the medical field, it’s a lot, but I think I can do it, so I’m ready for it.” Kendall plan to go to medical school, so this is the pre-med part of her course. Tevebaugh hopes to be a doctor, but isn’t sure yet. She’s excited to go from a small town to a big city. “It’s a big change, but I’m ready for it.” Being an athlete, Kendall plans to play recreational sports, but not for the university. She may join a sorority if she can juggle her major as well. “I’m open to anything.”
Clara Wheeler will also be attending the University of Kentucky, majoring in Secondary English Education and minor in Creative Writing. “Kentucky was a spur of the moment sort of thing,” Wheeler said. “I’m going with my friend Kendall Tevebaugh, we’re going to be roommates.” When Tevebaugh was applying, Wheeler took a shot at the university as well. After visiting the campus, both of the graduates knew this was the place for them. Clara credits a Chrisman teacher as her inspiration to get into education. “Mrs. Watters is a big inspiration for me. She made me fall in love with English and writing,” Wheeler said. Clara is excited about being on a big campus that is around 50,000 students and quite the opposite of Chrisman, with around 1,000 residents. “I think I may want to join a sorority. I know it’s time consuming, but it’s a good way to make friends. A lot of people say that’s how they’ve made life long friends,” Clara said. “I want to be involved if they have a student government. I like things like that.”
John Phipps plans to attend Rose Hulman University of Technology, planning to receive a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering. Since Phipps understood careers, engineering was something that he always wanted to do and chemical engineering was an interest. Rose Hulman has a history in the Phipps family. “My grandfather is a Rose Hulman graduate and he’s be trying to get me to go to Rose Hulman, according to my dad, thirty seconds after I was born,” Phipps said. “He started working on me as a freshman, but I was resistant. The idea sort of grew on me as I got older.” Going into an engineering program sounds interesting, but that’s not what Phipps is looking forward to the most. “I’m excited about not being number one. Everyone expects me to be the smartest kid and I’m excited to not be that,” Phipps said. “I’m excited to be just one of many.”
Marion Cronkhite plans to attend Danville Area Community College in August for a Mechanic’s Degree. Cronkhite plans to start a small scale mechanics shop somewhere local. Once he’s saved up enough money, he may get into Real Estate and may travel while he keeps his mechanic ship going. Working on cars is something that Marion has always enjoyed, even the little jobs here and there. “I worked at a mower shop and I loved it. Time flies when I work on the job,” Cronkhite said. “I look at the clock and five hours have passed. It’s just fun.” Marion looks forward to making money, finding a good stable job and waking up every morning going to a job that he loves doing.
Linkon Snedeker plans to attend Southern Illinois University of Carbondale to major in Forestry and minor in Zoology. “The big reason I chose forestry was because I joined FFA my sophomore year and that was the first competition that I ever went to. After that, I really dug what I was doing and continued with it.” Snedeker said. The technical name for Linkon’s major is Wildlife and Habitat Management, so he could be a Park Ranger. “I can do a bunch of things in the forest. That’s why I have a Zoology minor so I can work with animals and plants as well. I have a big opportunity and option there.” Snedeker is looking forward to joining a fraternity and meeting a lot of new friends and experiencing new opportunities. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for me and I’m really excited about that.”