Students discuss their next steps

Alisa Boswell

Graduations are looming this weekend and next and the days are getting shorter as seniors from Floyd, Elida and Dora high schools wind down the school.

“I don’t really have anything to do today,” said Jalayna Roberts, 17, of Dora High School, on Thursday. “I just came to be able to experience my last day of school, because I won’t ever be able to experience a last day like this again.”

Roberts plans to attend New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, majoring in hotel and restaurant management. She wants to eventually study cooking in France then open her own French restaurant in the U.S.

“I’m really excited,” said Roberts. “I think a lot of us are going to cry. I’m going to try really hard not to. We are going to be looking at pictures and reminiscing about good times, but I think it’s going to be a good day in which we can all look toward our futures.”

Dora High School graduation is 3 p.m. May 29 in the Guy Luscombe Gym with 32 seniors graduating.

“This year’s senior class is a great bunch of kids who have tremendous potential,” said Joe Fletcher, the Dora social studies teacher who sponsors the senior class. “They’ve come a long way and I look forward to hearing about their future successes.”

Nallely Mendoza, 18, of Floyd High School, will attend Eastern New Mexico University in Portales to major in biology or chemistry, so she can become a pharmacist.

“It’s sad because I’m leaving all my friends behind but it’s also exciting because I’m getting to move on and go to college,” Mendoza said of graduating. “I’m excited about different math classes and being in a new environment and getting to know new people.”

Mendoza said she plans to remember her father with a thank you during the graduation because he was her inspiration for continuing her education.

“He passed away a couple of years ago. He was my role model,” she said. “He really guided me and inspired me to keep going with my study. I think he’d be very proud of me.”

Teresa Chavez, a bilingual, language arts and Spanish teacher at Dora Schools, said she will greatly miss many of the seniors graduating.

“We have some I believe that are going to exceed our expectations,” she said. “This is one of our groups that have really done well with going further. They have worked really hard on their studies.”

The Floyd High School graduation will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the school gym with 22 seniors graduating.

Reavis Best, 18, of Elida High School, will also attend ENMU as a biology major with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. She said she is most excited about playing for the ENMU basketball team. She is attending ENMU on a basketball scholarship.

“It’s amazing just to know that we accomplished a goal and are going on to the next step,” Best said

Darla Reed, an English and art teacher at Elida High School, said she believes their graduating class is capable of success.

“They have the abilities to be successful,” she said. “They just have to keep working hard and stay focused.”

The Elida ceremony is 1 p.m. Saturday in the school multi-purpose room with 11 seniors graduating.