Juniors prepare for final year of high school

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Reva Gandhi– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With the 2020-2021 school year coming to an end, Mustang juniors are beginning to prepare for their senior year.

Junior Molly Cress stated, “While it is intimidating to become a senior, I am excited to move on to a new chapter of my life.”

As senior year approaches, many juniors are feeling the pressure of managing school with standardized testing and college applications.

College Counselor Ricardo Acevedo offered advice to Mustangs, “Juniors should finish the school year strong. Colleges mainly look at the body of work completed from ninth to eleventh grade.”

Acevedo also suggests that juniors finish up their community service hours for the Bright Futures Scholarship if they plan on applying.

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Acevedo added, “That will allow Mustangs to devote more time to SAT prep, maintain B average grades and participate in more extracurricular activities.”

Many colleges are also still offering scholarships for grades, GPA, and test scores.

Juniors are also eligible for scholarships through the College Board and other scholarship websites.

Junior Alyssa Hamande said, “I am hoping to meet the requirements for the Bright Futures Scholarships, but I have also applied for the College Board Opportunity Scholarship.”

Mustangs should begin thinking about what colleges they are interested in attending.

While many campus tours are postponed due to COVID-19, many schools are offering virtual tours and general information sessions.

Senior Jenelle Bayor stated, “Senior year is typically a lot of fun, but if you want to go to college, it is important to start the application process early.”