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"It's not really where you are, but who you're with"

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By Ryan Naus

As her senior year goes along, Samantha Ransom is busy with classes and singing with the choir, but she’s still taking time to enjoy her last year at Grant County High School.

“When the year started, it was like every night there was something going on,” Ransom said. “I either had homework or I was going to a soccer game or a football game. It was crazy. It’s awesome. I love doing stuff with my friends.”

As the time passes though, she realizes that this is a year full of lasts.

“There are a lot of moments when I realize this is senior year,” she said. “The teachers bring it out , talking about this is our last year. My friends and I don’t really talk about it because we get upset about it, but then we start talking about college.”

As far as the next step in her life, Ransom is starting to visit college fairs and looking at the future.

“I don’t want to go far from my family because I still want to see my sisters grow up and I’ve got cousins who are just like sisters to me,” she said. “There are a lot of cool colleges in Kentucky. I asked them about the study abroad program. Transylvania College stood out. It’s the way they pitched it. The people you talk to, if they just give you statistics; they make you feel like they didn’t enjoy it. When we went to Transylvania’s booth, they told us about how they loved this and that about their school. We went to another booth and they talked about how they went to Transylvania and loved it.”

Ransom participates in the school choir and hopes to continue in college, but while she’s still in Grant County, she is looking forward to her other concerts.

“We went on a choir trip to UK and they had a ton of schools there,” she said. “I love doing choir stuff because when you go, it’s the best voices. When you hear people singing, you want to imitate them. When you’re with the best people, it makes you sound better. This year we’re going to have an extra concert. Instead of having one in December and one in the spring, this year we’re having a fall concert, so we can have just Christmas music when we have our winter concert.”

With her trip to the University of Kentucky, Ransom missed out on homecoming, but it didn’t really bother her.

“I feel like not a lot of my friends went because there weren’t a lot of people going because they changed the rules to where you’re not allowed to bring people from outside of school,” she said. “I don’t really feel like I missed out on anything. I’ll go to the next homecoming. It’s not really where you are, it’s who you’re with. If my friends weren’t going to go, I wasn’t going to go anyway. If I go somewhere and my friends aren’t there, it’s nothing.”

“I don’t think I realized how fast time really goes by until I got to high school,” she said. “I remember being a freshman coming here. One of the things that helps me realize it is that every year I knew seniors and then they are gone with every year that goes by. I am the senior this year. There are a lot of people focused on school and I can understand that. You need to be focused on school, but you also need to realize that you need to have these moments now when you don’t have any responsibilities. You don’t have to take care of yourself. You can just go out and have fun. When you graduate high school, you’re on your own. I’m taking this time to appreciate my time with my friends.”

(The Grant County News will follow Ransom as she goes through senior year at Grant County High School. Ransom was selected with the help of the Grant County High School guidance counselors.)