High school seniors look ahead to the college experience


by Brooke Katz


Posted on November 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 7:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- For Seneca High School Seniors, now is the time to focus on the next chapter of their lives: college.

“Right now we are at that critical stage where we have to start thinking like adults,” student Dalila Setka told the students during a pep rally Thursday. Setka has already been accepted to both the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University. For her, the journey to college is a moment of pride. Her parents moved to the United States from Bosnia, and she’ll be the first in her family to attend college.

During the pep rally Mayor Greg Fischer spoke to the students about the importance of a college degree. The mayor, and their principal Michelle Dillard, talked about how a positive attitude is key for the students to achieve their goals.

“There are going to be obstacles in life,” said Mayor Fischer. “But with the right support system, if you ask questions, you can achieve anything.”

“We believe at Seneca high school that failure is not an option, because we expect for our students to learn,” said Principal Dillard. “No excuses, just results.”

Last year 100 percent of Seneca seniors applied were accepted to college. Ninety one percent of them went on to pursue a degree.

“They really care about us,” said senior Taylor Nally. “So they try their best to make sure kids do their work, study and keep their grades up.”

Setka is still deciding which college she wants to attend, but she knows she wants to study nursing. It’s an opportunity she says she’s grateful for.

“I thank God that I’m in this wonderful country where I have the opportunity to study and find a job, because in the country we came from there’s no opportunity to get the job.”

The mayor is asking everyone to show their support for college-bound seniors by wearing their college colors on Friday.