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The Next Step After High School

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In a couple weeks hundreds of Bismarck High Seniors will be walking across the stage, receiving their diploma.

Those seniors are taking a few minutes out of the school day to think about what kind of mark they want to leave on the world, as they take the next step in their lives.

<<Seniors in Shannon Sorenson's class are anxious to graduate high school, but before they leave, Ms. Sorenson is making sure they take some time to think about what kind of choices they'll make as they head off to college or enter the workforce.

"You have a lot of exciting things coming up, but you're also going to be faced with a lot of new experiences, and you'll be put in positions where you have to make choices," Teacher Shannon Sorenson said.

The students are writing down what they "stand for" on these footprints.

"I stand for taking the time to understand someone," Cole Dilworth said.

"I stand for always being honest with myself," Kristen Solberg said.

"I stood for always doing what's right and never giving up, and always being kind to people," Brandon Matties said.

Ms. Sorenson heard of the idea while attending a national conference, and decided it'd be the perfect activity for her seniors.

"lets get these kids before they go out into the world, take that opportunity that a lot of adults haven't taken, to actually say here's what I'm about, here's what kind of mark I want to leave on the world, here's what I'm going to stand for," Sorenson said.

And these students enjoy taking the time to think about who they really are.

"If you feel that at the end of the day you're not being the person you're meant to be and you can be, than you aren't going to feel successful, so it's very important," Solberg said.

"I think it's actually a really good experience for us to be doing this, it really makes us think about who we are and what we really should be doing," Matties said.

Making sure their footsteps, stay on track with their goals.>>

The footprints will be hung in the commons area at Bismarck high school to show everyone what kind of mark the class of 2013 will have on the world.

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