By McKenzie Wegner
A high school can be viewed as the lonely hallways where students slowly walk to a class they don’t want to be in, or a place where the jocks rule the school. But, some students see high school as a place where they can find who they are and where they realize their passion for the arts, athletics, or academics.
From athletics to the arts to academics, Novato High students continue to receive offers to college for their talents, or simply find them.
So far this year, three athletes have committed to college. Charlie Rudy, a junior at Novato, was offered to play lacrosse at Boulder after she graduates in 2018. Emma Woerner, a senior at NHS, committed to Denison to play volleyball in 2017. Sydney Spina, a senior soccer player, committed to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Novato graduated 5 athletes last year that now play sports at Humboldt State, Dominican, Cal, Harvard, and Stanford.
Brock Funke, a freshmen on the Humboldt State football team, graduated from Novato High in 2016. Attending NHS for four years and playing football for four years greatly impacted his life.
Funke was influenced by the Novato football team long before attending the high school.
“It was during the time of 2006-2008 when Novato went to state,” Funke said. “I looked up to every player and it made me want to come to Novato.”
Many MSA students have also become successful in years past and present.
Students in the past have received full scholarships to the Academy of Arts in San Francisco. Another student, Gabby Borges, who graduated last year, was able to create the art for a cover for a book.
Novato freshman Quinn Hailey is just beginning her MSA career in Rock Band and Advanced Choir. Through MSA, she hopes to improve her singing techniques to become a stronger singer.
“I think MSA will help me reach my goals because the teachers are truly dedicated. I’ve learned so much in the past two months,” said Hailey.
High Schools like Novato with high-quality programs help students’ dreams come true. In addition, high school classes and clubs can also help students find their passions.
“In leadership, I’m able to speak my opinions and become more of a leader that I’ve always loved to be,” junior Katie Butler said.
Butler is involved in leadership, link crew, and several clubs such as Interact Club. These classes and clubs teach leadership and teamwork in order to build the skills and identities of the student body.
Another program that is represented on the NHS campus is the JROTC program. Known for helping students shape their future in the military.
“Throughout my time in JROTC I was able to meet an astronaut, deliver multiple speeches to over hundreds of people, lead an unarmed drill team, academic team, plan major events, and delegate tasks among individuals,” said, Reily Bolton a freshmen at the Air Force Academy, formerly a JROTC student, “All the opportunities that JROTC provided lead to reaching my dream of attending the Air Force Academy.”