There’s a contagious disease going around. It’s called writer’s block. I know several columnists have had this disease during the past few weeks, and I vowed that it would never find me, but guess what….it found me.

Stick with me and maybe some of my random thoughts will be useful or informative to you.

Another contagious disease is being spread around Hillsboro High School, but for whatever reason the seniors seem to be the only ones effected by it.

It’s a disease called senioritis, and by May 1, you can bet that a steady majority of the senior population will have it.

I’m not trying to say that I don’t have it, because I have noticed some of the symptoms and I’ll admit, the closer graduation gets, the more senioritis kicks in.

There is no remedy, yet by June, like a miracle, all the seniors will be cured.

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Graduation is coming. I honestly don’t have any idea how to feel. Part of me wants to be excited that I’m done with high school. Another part of me is a little nervous as to what the future may bring.

I’ve come to the conclusion that, like all things in life, it’s best to just take this whole thing one step at a time.

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Speaking of graduation and the future, I’m going to try to save some people a few words about what I plan to do in the future. I plan to go to Pratt Community College where I will most likely major in physical education.

Yes, I actually want to go into education, even with everything happening in the educational world. If everybody keeps running away from our school system, then how can we expect our kids to be educated?

While at Pratt, I plan to continue my “career” of being a basketball manager for the Beavers.

I also plan to do a little writing of my own in Pratt Community College’s very own Beaver Tale newspaper.

From Pratt, I plan to transfer to a larger four-year college. As of right now, Oklahoma State and Emporia State are the front runners. Only time will tell.

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I seem to have made a habit in my past columns of bragging about one thing or another. Well guess what, I’m at it again.

As I recall, the only thing I really haven’t bragged about is our FFA Chapter. I’m not going to make this long and drawn out, but I would like to point out that our chapter recently qualified as a Triple Crown finalist.

This means that our chapter is among the top 10 percent of all FFA Chapters in the state. This also means that our chapter will be competing for the Triple Crown trophy to be presented later this month at the Kansas State FFA Convention at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Finally, this also means that our chapter will compete nationally against the top 10 percent of chapters from all of the 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

We may not get a banner in Brown Gymnasium, but you better believe that everybody involved with the Hillsboro FFA Chapter is very proud of this accomplishment.

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While I’m bragging, I will also add that in one of my last columns, I mentioned that good things are just around the corner for the HHS Band.

Last weekend, the band competed at the Ozark Mountain Country Band & Corus Festival where they received a 1 rating from each of the judges.

The good has begun.

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I recieved several comments about my last column dealing with prom. I was particularly razzed by the female population, while the males seemed to agree with me on many issues.

I would like to say that I did have a very good time at the annual prom. The meal was good and it was just a good way to get away from the norm and have fun.

The annual Trojan After Prom Party was also great. I’m sure anybody related with the high school is happy to know that we have a group of parents who want our kids to have fun without pulling out the kegs.

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Spring is my favorite time of the year. It means fun weather, warmer temperatures, and of course, baseball.

I’ve often tried to figure out why baseball is my favorite sport. The only thing I can figure out is that I like it because it is so laid back.

Sure, there are times when it’s intense, but it’s also complex enough that it’s fun to see how teams react to all the different variables of the game.

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Thanks for sticking with me through my random thoughts. I’ll have plenty to say by this time next month.

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