It’s almost been a year since the Class of 2017 has graduated. A lot can change in a year like going to college, moving away, meeting new people or simply just staying in town and finding responsibilities as adults. Madison Montero is now attending California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks just outside LA.
“I have had the opportunity to work on the HBO show ‘Westworld’, meet some incredible people in the stunt industry, sign with a commercial agency, run track, and train as a stunt performer. I have also made some incredible friends. I am exactly where I want to be and living here has exceeded all my expectations,” said Montero.
Erick Herrera is currently at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has a declared major in Communication Studies.
“I am currently volunteering with two organizations in Reno, STEP 2 and Renown Medical Center. I would say that my views on certain topics have drastically changed, however I have also maintained some the same views, effort, and values that I had a year ago,” said Herrera.
Audrey Snow has just survived her first finals week as a freshman at the University of Nevada.
In the fall she will begin her sophomore year as a declared social work major.
“I plan to minor in CASAT (Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment) and continue on at the university until I receive my degree,” said Snow. “I have a better idea of where I’m headed and it’s exciting to see that I’m reaching those goals.”
Others decided to simply stay in town. Luis Galarza realized there is no rush to get on with life.
“You got to focus on the journey more than the final destination,” said Galarza. “I am not where I thought I would be. I thought I would’ve been working at Wal Mart still, but I got the opportunity to save money so college would be easier to pay.”
Julia Rangel also stayed in Winnemucca. She is attending college at Great Basin to become a CNA. Julia is currently working at The Tungland Corporation as a caregiver.
“I’ve successfully grown into a young adult and now have a lot of responsibility. My mom no longer takes care of me and pays the bills,” said Rangel.