For the class of 2004, high school is almost over. Although the year has just begun, the end of the school year will be here before everyone realizes, especially for the graduating class.
Seniors are already being accepted to colleges and universities all over Georgia and even some out of state. Now the hard part for some of those planning on attending college is deciding which college they will attend.
Mary Allen Wilson has been accepted to Auburn University, South Carolina and Georgia Southern University. She hasn't decided where she will go because she hasn't heard from the University of Georgia.
"Georgia will determine where I go," she said.
Mary Allen said she is looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing new things once she graduates.
"I also am looking forward to getting out of here," she said.
Like all seniors, there are a few things Mary Allen said she will miss about high school, such as her close friends and the bonds she has with serveal teachers.
"I don't want to leave, but at the same time I do," she said.
Christopher Neal, another senior, has been accepted to Valdosta State University and DeVry Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He said he chose to go to Valdosta because of the location of the university.
"I am looking forward to being close to Florida because I love it. I am also ready to be away from home, and to be able to do what I want when I want to do it," Christopher said.
Although he is also anxious to leave, he said he will miss high school.
"I'll miss all my friends and my teachers," he added.
Corey Pinkston was also accepted to Valdosta State, as well as Georgia College & State University and Georgia Southern University. He has committed himself to go Valdosta State University.
"I really liked the campus when I visited it," Corey said.
After leaving high school, he said he is most looking forward to the parties at colleges. "But I'm also looking forward to the education and experience of college," he added.
Phillip Wilkerson applied to Augusta State University and Georgia College & State University and was accepted by both. He chose though to go to Georgia College.
"I will be away from home, but close enough to come home. It has a pre-dental plan, and I'll be rooming with Chris Newsome," Phillip said. "I also chose GCSU because I liked the campus. It was so pretty, and they have good academics."
Like everyone else, he is looking forward to his freedom and being away from home.
"I am ready to start my career and doing easier work."
Leaving high school is somewhat hard for everyone. For Phillip, missing his old friends and knowing everybody are what he doesn't want to leave.
"I am going to miss the free lunches and close parking when I leave too," he added.
The following students are just some of the Thomson High Seniors making college plans after graduation:
Chris Newsome: Augusta State University; Tiffany Guthrie: East Georgia College; Mallory Barmore: Georgia Southern University; Phillip Wilkerson: Augusta State University, Georgia College & State University; Summer Cook: Valdosta State University; Christie Perry: Georgia Southern University; Spencer Wyatt: Georgia Southern University; Dottie Knox: University of Georgia; Amanda Newsome: University of Georgia; Ashley Barnett: Augusta State University; Jeremy Timmerman: Mercer University; Benjamin Porter: Georgia Tech; Mary Allen Wilson: Auburn University, Georgia Southern University; Jennifer Bell: Mercer University, Georgia College; Michelle Jones: Augusta State University; Melanie Green: Albany State University; Shakela Lott: Albany State University; Ashley Brown: Albany State University; Terease Thornton: Howard University, Washington D.C.; Chris Neal: Devry Institute of Technology. Atlanta, Valdosta State University; Cabrini Lewis: Fort Valley State; Toney Lewis: Fort Valley State; Steven Strouble: Mercer University, Devry University; Corey Pinkston: Valdosta State University, Georgia College & State, Georgia Southern; Kimberly Smith: Tuskegee University, Hampton University; Nikki Langham: Georgia College & State University; Jonathan Hart: Georgia Southern, Georgia College & State, DeVry University