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Students were selected from each school, by their principal, throughout Europe to allow a glimpse in their past experiences, present and future goals. Take the journey with these students by reading "what's next" in their plans, what advice they have for under classmates and more. 

 

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Perdew

Bahrain Middle High School

Mediterranean District


Name: Abigail Perdew


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy pursuing an education in Economics/ Arabic.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
My favorite school memories all involve participating in cultural field trips. In Korea, I loved visiting the traditional Korean villages, speaking Korean with the shop owners, eating delicious Kimbap and Bulgogi, and wearing my Hanbok to school. In Bahrain, I enjoyed touring the oldest city of Muharraq, practicing my Arabic, visiting the Grand Mosque, and getting Henna. At International Day, I learned the Merengue and I tasted food from all over the world. The best school memories are those in which I was able to learn about other cultures and experience how they live. I loved being able to travel around the world and meeting people of all cultures.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the people in DoD schools. DoD Schools are famous for their community atmosphere; the school becomes a supporting family in which everyone works together to succeed. All the students are extremely friendly and welcoming, and there are interesting people from many different backgrounds. DoDDS teachers are the best teachers in the world; they strive to help their students succeed. Many of my teachers have become close friends that I look up to and whose advice I value.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Your high school experience will only be as good as you make it. I encourage every student to be involved in their remaining high school years; life is too short to sit on the bench and watch people live around you. Take the initiative and lead your school; help make your high school experience the best four years of your life. The more involved you are in school activities, the more pleasant memories you will have.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself serving my country in the United States Marine Corps or Navy, as an attache or FAO. I would really like to work with diplomacy in the Middle East. After the military, I would like to work in the State Department, hopefully working in third-world countries as a development economist.


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Abing

Menwith Hill High School

Isles District


Name: Alexander Abing


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Louisburg College of North Carolina, seeking a degree in Physical Training.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
All of the sports training I have taken and used to accomplish great things.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
The cultures of all the different countries that I was fortunate to visit when we traveled on our sports trips.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Stay on the good side of teachers.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Practicing as a physical trainer.


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Francis

Vicenza High School

Mediterranean District


Name: Ann Francis


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the University of South Florida, majoring in Business.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
One memory that I will carry with me for the rest of my life is winning the Division II girls basketball championship title with my team my sophomore year. Hearing Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and holding that trophy after all the hard work we put into the season is a memory I will never forget. Another favorite memory of high school was going on a spring break trip to Malta my senior year with my friends.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
The one aspect that I will miss the most about attending a DoDDS-Europe overseas school is the amazing opportunities I have had to travel across Europe and other parts of the world. What other teenagers have the opportunity to say that they traveled across Italy and Germany to compete for sports and other schooling events? I’ve had the chance to travel to practically every country in Western Europe and to the Middle East. It’s been an incredible and life changing experience being able to live and travel overseas.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Appreciate your time in high school especially if you live overseas because you may never have the chance to live overseas again. You’re being given an opportunity of a lifetime, so take advantage of it. Also, always work your hardest because it will pay off eventually.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself being a successful business woman. I don’t know exactly where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing, but I do know I will be well-traveled and established in whatever business I decide to commit to.


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Jaeger

Patch High School

Heidelberg District


Name: Anna Jaeger


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Hannibal La-Grange in Missouri majoring in Music Education.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
The extra-curricular activities which involved music and drama program. Have good memories of hanging out with friends who have same interest.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
The culture and climate at Patch High School. Having the opportunity to experience the local culture of living overseas.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Get involved and don't be afraid to try new things.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself teaching music for the DoDDS/DoDEA system.


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Blanchard

SHAPE High School

Isles District


Name: Annelise Blanchard


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Tulane University, currently I am undecided in a major, Liberal Arts are of interest to me.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
The best part of high school has been the multitude of laughs I've shared with my friends. We laugh a lot: at lunch, in classes, during awkward moments. We still don't have "real world" worries, and we know it. All the activities I've participated--especially theater, Model U.S. Senate, Model U.N.--have been tinged with that wonderful, carefree laughter.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
The diversity and open-mindedness. DoDDS-E is full of small schools where the student population constantly shifts, and everyone hails from a different part of the country (or at SHAPE, from different parts of the globe). I have learned so much about perspectives that contrast with my own. Everyone here has been forced to adopt a broad world view, and that just isn't true for most places.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
About grades: colleges do look at all four years, so try to make an effort even as a freshman and sophomore (middle school doesn't count). High school is the time where you're still allowed to be irresponsible (thank you, parents) so take advantage of it. If high school doesn't live up to the American dream version, don't worry, that's true for everyone. Take lots of pictures! You will get old soon and forget.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself with a college degree and starting my career. I also see myself staying up late every night reading voraciously and spouting off random Harry Potter trivia to anyone who comes near me.


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Anthony

Schweinfurt High School

Bavaria District


Name: Anthony Johnson


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending University of Cincinnati and pursuing a degree in Biochemistry.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Trips, Ceremonies, Honor, Sports and competing in the European Athletic tournaments have been quite memorable experiences in high school.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
The amount of diversity in the community and student body and the cultural experiences that one gains in a foreign country such as Germany.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
That it is very important to focus early on plans for their future in college, a career and other aspects associated with their success as citizens, rather than waiting until their junior or senior years to start planning.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself working for a federal agency such as the CDC or a private company that develops chemical and/or medical technologies. I hope to live in Europe after college and learn new languages.


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Kollcaku

SHAPE High School

Isles District


Name: Argios Kollcaku


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the United States Military Academy, at West Point then joining the U.S. Army Special Forces.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Being a Varsity Captain for the (American) football team; Power of One Project; Brain Bowl Competition; Model United Nations Course; Mock Election; Mock Trial; other sport competitions such as basketball and soccer; NATO HQ visits and simulation; award ceremonies; being part of National Honor Society, school-related volunteer work.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
How I interacted with the teachers and other students; class projects, school activities and trips; being part of a multinational environment and culture; I will always appreciate how much this school has prepared me for life.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Participate, volunteer, be involved with different projects, activities, sports! Keep your grades up, have pride in yourself and enjoy. Remember that everything you do now will greatly impact your future!


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A successful graduate (with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees); working in a prestigious state or private company/institution; rising through the ranks and identified as a leader.


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Ruffin

Lakenheath High School

Isles District


Name: Breonna Ruffin


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Texas State University majoring in Design and Visual Communication (minor in Photograph).



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Attending a total of three high schools I have more memories than I can remember (haha), but one of the best moments is when I walked into a bathroom stall and found that someone had written "This way to the Ministry of Magic" above the toilet; you must never forget to laugh at the small things.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
Traveling and everything that's associated with it: food, culture, people, art, customs, etc.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
"Do not shy away from the fact that you're different- you've experienced things people dream of all their lives and endure hardships they will never understand. The world will envy and label you, but use that to your advantage to rise above them."


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years... I see myself as a successful self-made business women, working from home, raising more children than our current population would recommend, and making homemade biscuits for my man.


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Bryan

Naples High School

Mediterranean District


Name: Bryan Pfirrmann


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the University of Virginia, currently I am undecided on my major.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Throughout my school career I have greatly enjoyed my time participating in high school athletics. The friendships I have made and experiences I have shared with my teammates will stay with me for my entire life. From 20 hour bus trips to the 2012 Super Six Football Championship, athletics have shaped me into the man I am today. I have participated in varsity football, wrestling, and soccer during my 4 years in DoDDs high schools, and I have enjoyed every minute of it.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
As I move on to life in college, I will miss the close knit community that exists in DoDDs-Europe. This community extends between students, teachers, and administrations, and has provided me an education extending beyond the standard curriculum and textbooks. I have friends all over the world thanks to DoDDs-Europe, and we will always be connect through our experiences here. No other high school students in the U.S. can ever understand the lives we have lived here in Europe.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
One thing I would remind all underclassmen is to never forget you live in Europe. This may seem simple and trivial, but as we settle in to our daily routines we tend to forget the opportunities presented to us by living overseas. Get outside and see the world. Travel throughout Italy and Germany, make friends with local nationals, and do not be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. For many the chance to live overseas in Europe may never come again.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
There are many paths I see myself taking in the next few years, and thanks to my time overseas I will always be open to the unexpected. I do have an aspiration to enter into the world of politics. In the next ten years maybe these words will belong to Congressman Bryan Pfirrmann, but only time will tell. I also hope to attend cooking school and open my own restaurant in the future. My life is just beginning and the next few years will decide which path I choose take.


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Bitburg High School

Kaiserslautern District


Name: Bryson Randall


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point majoring in Political Science and attending Army Ranger school.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
The teachers who cared about my education just as much as I did, the camaraderie of fellow students in a small school, competitive athletics, and opportunities abound.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
The ability to travel to other countries for sports, being submersed in a different cultural environment, and being exposed to a wide diversity.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
You are the sum-total of what you commit yourself to. So commit yourself to dedication, hard work, and determination. Don't let a single opportunity pass you by.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Serving my country and others to the best of my ability. Whether it be in the military or in politics, I'll let God decide.


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Wynn

Wiesbaden High School

Heidelberg District


Name: Chantel Wynn


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the Ohio State University majoring in Neuroscience.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
My favorite memory is when I was filming a Red Cross PSA with my friends Ashleigh, Gabby and Ben G. during sophomore year. We all occasionally look back on that moment and laugh and make fun of each other.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will definitely miss the people here. I have made a couple of German friends and I will regret leaving them. I will also miss the food....the food is AMAZING here.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Savor every moment you have with you family and friends, time will pass so quickly that you may regret not doing so.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself in medical school dissecting the human brain.


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Rice

Baumholder Middle High School

Kaiserslautern District


Name: Cles Rice


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Morgan State University majoring in Psychology to include four years Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
I will always remember the big laughs in the hallway! Buc night was always a very fun night, and Senior Ditch Day was incredible!


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will truly miss how beautiful Germany is, and the amazing culture shock that I experienced by meeting different people who I now call friends.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Make the best out of every little thing that you do "not" want to do and realize that you are truly blessed to be here.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I will have completed my 4 years in psychology and 2 years for social work, so I would already have a job and hopefully I'll be married, or getting married, by this time.


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Lajes High School

Mediterranean District


Name: Emily Miller


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending The University of Oklahoma majoring in Nursing.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Some of my favorite school memories would have to be Friday night football games. My freshman and sophomore year I was cheerleader and cheered at every game. I loved the spirit of the football players, the cheerleaders, and the crowd. My next favorite memory is my Junior prom. I went with my boy friend and two other couples and it was the whole traditional promenade. We took pictures, went to dinner, and arrived to the dance fashionably late. Also that night my date and I won prom prince and princess. It was wonderful time with friends. I will definitely not forget that night.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss being able to travel to Germany for different conferences and tournaments. Competing in these different competitions and interacting with students from all over the world has given me a chance that most high school students in the states don't get. Students at Lajes High School aren't able to interact with other schools, because of its location. Traveling to Germany allowed me to see what the other DoDDS-Europe schools are like. I've made friends from all over Europe that I'm sure I'll be friends with for many years in the future. But as I move on to college I will definitely miss those weeks I spent in Germany.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
I would advise the current underclassmen to make school their main priority. It's easy for students to get caught up in drama and rumors when starting high school. These types of things take away student's attention and they do not succeed. By taking school seriously as an underclassman it instills that type of character for the remainder of high school.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I hope to be working in a hospital overseas. I want to travel and see the world and at the same time be able to help hospitals that have a low amount of medical staff. I have many ambitions for my future career, but I also see myself with a husband and maybe a child or two. At least I hope this is in my future for the next ten years. That way I'll be able to show my children the world as I work in different hospitals as a nurse.


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Lee

Wiesbaden High School

Heidelberg District


Name: Hannah Lee


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Jacksonville University, majoring in Computer Science afterwards attending an Navy ROTC 4 Year Scholarship.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Tropical Islands Senior Trip, "Back to the 80's Rehearsals, Going to parties at the Czelusniak's house, Lunch time conversations, my best friend Teresa Cenny, and my parents paying for everything


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I am so lucky because I am so close to so many different countries. Every vacation is an adventure! Some people are not lucky enough to even leave their hometown. I am only 18 and have seen the world already!


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
PACK YOUR SCHEDULE! I'm telling you guys there is so much competition out there for jobs and college admissions. If you don't build an impressive resume your dreams may never some true. Do sports, volunteer work, JROTC, Boy/Girl Scouts, NHS and run for office. It's a dog-eat-dog world my friends and the only one who is going to ensure your success is you.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I might still be on active duty in the Navy. When I get out though I will be a concept artist & game designer for Activision, Lionshead or Disney. I will be rich and successful.


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Baidoo

Sigonella Middle High School

Mediterranean District


Name: Jacqueline Baidoo


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Xavier University of Louisiana and majoring in Biomedical Engineering.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
A few of my favorite memories are scoring that goal in a soccer match against Florence, going zip-lining for the first time at Park Adventures Etnea, playing American football in Powderpuff and interacting with a team.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss most being so close to European countries, the opportunity to sight see, sports, academic games, knowing that everyone around is involved in the military someway.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Its never too early to take school seriously but it can be too late. Always try your best. Take AP classes if you can; you get a preview of college and weeks of relaxation after the exam.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself in a comfortable house and no lack of money. I'll have either invented or improved contraptions that make life easier for the chronically ill or average person.


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BlackJr

Alconbury Middle High School

Isles District


Name: Jeffrey Black Jr.


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Cornell University, majoring in Biological Science.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
My favorite school memories involve traveling throughout Europe. I have enjoyed field trips to Dover, Canterbury and London. I participated on many long, 14 hour, bus trips for my athletics and loved every minute of it.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the community of Alconbury. Alconbury is like a giant family and they have supported me and helped shape the person I am today. l have had amazing coaches and I have loved having the opportunity to have my father as my soccer and football coach.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I hope to be researching ways to protect our environmental resources.


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Renzi

Wiesbaden High School

Heidelberg District


Name: Joseph Renzi


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Boston University currently I am undecided in my major.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Some of my favorite school memories that I will take with me are the MUN and MUSS conferences I went to and my times with the tennis team. - Ordering takeout during school lunch.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will probably miss the community the most and all of the opportunities living in Europe offers.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Don't procrastinate when it comes to college applications. It feels like you have all the time in the world but it passes quickly so do them early.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I'd like to be able to pay off my college debt!


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Akbas

Brussels High School

Isles District


Name: Kagan Akbas


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Eindhoven University of Technology working towards a major in Computer Science.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Meticulously writing, shooting, and editing a short film with our Video Production class in four weeks for the DODDS-E Film Festival and receiving an Exceptional Video award in the end.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the relaxed and calm atmosphere of the school. I will also miss the highly knowledgeable and patient teachers who have borne with me throughout the numerous topics of the curriculum.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
You are very lucky to be studying in a wonderful multicultural environment where you can hear four or sometimes five languages being spoken on the radio and in the streets, so take advantage of it and widen your horizon. Remember that the sacrifices you make right now, whether it be time or effort, will always come back to you later on.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
After finishing my Master's degree and possibly my Ph.D, I would see myself dedicating all of my time to my then newly-formed IT company, or Google.


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Kristensen

SHAPE High School

Isles District


Name: Karl Kristensen


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the United States Military Academy, West Point and pursuing a degree in Computer Science.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Some memories that I will hold onto forever are the homecoming activities during the week leading up to our Homecoming game and the international aspect of our school.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will definitely miss the traveling aspect of the sports. I don't think I'll ever get the chance to take a 12-hour bus ride to go compete in a race or a wrestling tournament. I'll also miss the chance to meet people from several different cultures and backgrounds. Attending a DoDDS-Europe overseas school has given me a chance to make new friends from many different countries, and I will miss that.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Participate in sports. You will never get the chance to travel, while competing in sports, anywhere else. Not only do you get to travel, you also get to enjoy a team bond and you'll make some great friends that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself as an officer in the United States Army, happily married, and raising a family.


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KaylaGray

Alconbury Middle High School

Isles District


Name: Kayla Gray


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana; pursuing a major in Criminal Justice.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Traveling with my sports teams, meeting new people and the leadership skills taught to me in USAF JRTOC.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
Meeting students from different DoDOS-Europe schools while participating in various sporting events and USAF JROTC Drill Competitions. Learning and experiencing different cultures in Europe.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Participate in the various sports and academic programs offered by the school. Get involved in school and the community. Most importantly, enjoy the opportunities presented to you in a small school environment.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
An active member of a police force and serving the community. Being a mentor to youth.


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kenneth

Bamberg High School

Bavaria District


Name: Kenneth Nevarez-Hernandez


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending a Methodist University and majoring in Psychology.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
I have always enjoyed school trips and activities like when I went on an educational trip to Washington D.C. during my senior year. I have also enjoyed the many friendships that I have forged throughout my years as a student.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the opportunities to explore Europe. There are so many amazing places to visit in Europe and these schools allow us to be close to all that. I will also miss my friends.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
I would tell my underclassmen to remain focused on getting good grades and to not fall under the influence of senioritis.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will either still be studying to become a lawyer or working at a law firm.


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Korth

Lakenheath High School

Isles District


Name: Kilian Korth


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending American University, majoring in Political Science.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
I think the culture of Europe is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It has certainly influenced my views on the world and how I would like to portray myself to others.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I am going to miss the exceptional diversity of DoDDS schools. Sure, we're all sort of military type kids, but we've been to so many places and carry so many different values with us. Some have been to Japan and some have lived in Europe most of their lives. It's interesting to see how places can influence us as Americans.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Take advantage of your setting. Go to the continent and visit places like Italy, Germany, and France. There is so much to do and it doesn't even have to be remotely academic in nature if that's what you prefer.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would like to be the aid of a Congressman or Senator with the eventual goal of attaining a seat myself.


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Ansbach Middle High School

Bavaria District


Name: Lauren Duplessie


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the University of Oregon currently my major is undeclared.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
I will always remember attending the 2013 DoDDs-Europe Honor Music Festival, as a member of the choir. I will ever cherish this memory of an opportunity to make friends in music and to grow in both appreciation and passion for the arts. As I move on to college next year, I will take with me the memories of lessons learned from friends, family, and teachers alike. I will cherish the friends I've made and the sports and activities I've shared with them.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss being in such a close-knit, supportive community and I will especially miss the opportunities to travel with my friends and family around Europe. I have seen fantastic sights and I have learned so much more about the world in less than 2 years of being at a DoDDS-Europe school than I might have learned in ten years of study in just one place. Life here has been a learning, laughing, and loving experience and I will miss it all.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
I would advise the current underclassmen never to allow fear or self doubt to take away from the opportunities offered them. I challenge them to broaden their horizons, and to pursue their passions, now, while they are still in high school and onward into the future. Most importantly, I would encourage them to look at how their lives may affect others; to make choices which will better the world around them; to act always in selfless service.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I simply see myself striving to make a difference. I want to inspire those who come after me to pursue their passions no matter the barriers or the costs and to encourage my peers to have a positive impact on the community and the world. In 10 years, whether I'm teaching music to a classroom of eager students or alternating odd jobs, I only hope to be giving my best every day.


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Carson

Vilseck High School

Bavaria District


Name: Malia Carson


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the College of Saint Benedict for Nursing and Communications.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
C.S. Lewis said, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”; if this is true I am in for one crazy ride, because my high school years were some I will never forget. As the Student Council President, I have motivated an entire crowd of high school students at a fasching-themed pep rally by cutting off the principal’s tie and letting each sports team (including mine--rifle) beat up the evil-spirited, winter “nubble doll”. I have coerced a group of participants to dine on a shared bowl of rice at a fundraising “Hunger Meal” to let them experience firsthand the living conditions in third world countries while raising funds for charity: water. I have found out you can rock climb, repel, march for hours, get yelled at for anything and everything, eat at the mess hall three times a day, and even have free time to bond with new cadets when you wake up at o’ dark thirty during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge summer camp. Living on a military base, I have seen first-hand how freedom equates to heartbreaking military memorial services and heartwarming welcome home ceremonies and how those directly impacted both myself and the students at school. I have watched the truly thankful face of a child at a Romanian Service Project and now aim to see that look very frequently for the rest of my life. I have stayed at the school long after the bells rang to cook, watch movies, play soccer, and even participate in a midnight Easter Egg hunt during Future Educators Association (FEA) lock-ins. With the National Honors Society, I have literally dug through the school trash after hours to visually show students how much more the school could be recycling. Marching off the plane from Germany to America with my marksmanship team dressed in matching hot pink pants, I have been a part of the best ALL-GIRLS team that rose to new levels as European champions and two time National qualifiers ending up at 6th place across the entire Nation. (Surely, No other team blew up gingerbread houses, shot through life savers, or was able to yell “Bulls eye!” during practices.) Then I have screamed and cheered louder than should be possible during my cross country races (despite lots of snow and rain) and soccer games (sometimes leading to too much excitement followed by fouls) to truly learn the power of motivation as a captain. This list of my favorite school memories could go on and on but in closing, I will never forget the constant laughs and adventures with my friends, the knowledge and selflessness of my teachers/mentors and the relentless love and support from my family!


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
With a background of three different continents, seven separate schools, and nine houses to call home, answering the simple question, "Where are you from?" is nearly impossible thanks to my military upbringing; however, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything. I can’t yet fathom leaving DoDDS and those surrounding me who understand this concept of not wanting to live in a fishbowl that remains isolated from the wonders of the world. My first DoDDS experience was in Korea where the locals would flock over to touch my blonde hair and rows of giant kimchee pots produced a constant pungent smell in the air. Currently, I’ve been spending my high school days in a small town in Germany where I can lace up my running shoes, fly out the door of my flower-box decorated house, and sprint by cow pastures, elderly walkers, religious crosses, and the smell of pretzels. If I had just lived in the same little American town all my childhood I would have never learned the appreciation of locals when you try to speak their language, the crazy cultural foods this world offers (like giant schnitzels, silkworm larvaes, or spargel), and the fact that we as Americans’ have so much to be thankful for yet we take most of it for granted. Not only will I miss the overseas part of DoDDS, but I’ll never forget my roots as an Army brat. I’ll be lost at 5 o' clock each day knowing on post somewhere soccer practice is halting, cars are stopping, and hands are flying up to salute as the post's flag is lowered and the loud speakers blast the proud bugle call. I will have to keep my own cadence count to replace those of marching soldiers, and just imagine the tanks, cannons, and parachutists I use to routinely see. And I can’t forget about using acronyms for just about any object with a multi-word name—it might just have to become a college study tactic. Well-traveled, military brats truly understand the value of respect; it is all about learning and understanding the value of people, places, and customs around you with an open mind. I will miss not only the constant reminders of sacrifice and service from the DODDS’ experience, but also be around others with this similar mind set of resiliency and overall exceptional social skills.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
High school is a time to soak in as much as you can while you still owe the world nothing. You can robotically fly through these next four years learning little and rebelling much to seek the title of being “cool”, but once you graduate into “freedom” your “cool” buddies will leave you high and dry. So, GET INVOLVED!! These are the moments to figure out what life is all about and just how you might fit into it. I’m not going to lie, freshman year is frightening. There are new activities, new requirements, new social codes, and new students you will have to filter out to find the perfect ones to sit next to during lunch; just remember you are not alone---you will be surrounded by other newbies searching for the second floor pool during the first week. Freshman year is the year to find out what you are truly passionate about. Is it golf, robotics, video comm, science, math, yearbook—you may surprise yourself sign up and try it all. Then, sophomore year stick with what you are good at and get even better! Junior year is when you begin to focus this passion into a possible career choice, and then senior year is when you stress about college and scholarships and leaving your mommy and eventually just get senioritis before you explode (but let’s back up and focus on where you are in life right now). High school has taught me that you can take AP classes, preside over Student Council, play a sport every season, sign up for just about every club offered, and still have time for friends. I have observed that complaining and worrying are not nearly as effective as having faith that God’s plan will be evident in time. But most importantly, I have learned that without change, without diversity, without questioning, wondering, and discovering, we become egocentric and simple-minded. We follow the misconception that respect is having others submit to us and let our own daily stressors surpass all else to forget what matters most. That “life is pretty much a selling job and success and failure is essentially a matter of human relationships”. So walk into those large scary doors, smile at everyone, try out for all the clubs, suck up to your teachers, and don’t be afraid to be called a nerd!!


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Myself in 10 years---oh goodness it took me all of senior year to decide where I would be next year alone, but I’ll give this a shot. The next four years I will be shivering away in Minnesota at the College of Saint Benedict where I will earn my degree in Nursing and Communications. Then, because I have never lived in one area for over four years (thanks to growing up as a military brat) I will be in desperate need of change. So upon graduation, I hope to do missions abroad with various non-profits as the video documenter, nurse, and public health expert. I’ll utilize my kid magnet personality to fight the obesity epidemic in our youth as a fitness/nutrition camp trainer. Then, I’ll have to practice what I preach by traveling around to do some famous races—so look out Color Run, Warrior Dash, biathlons, and maybe even the Ironman. Some people go through a rebellious age in their teens, but I waited to go through a YOLO stage post-college. After all this resume buffing, it will be time for me to somewhat settle down into a steady career. Here is where I will turn to my best traits, being interpersonal skills and leadership, as well as my college degree in the medical field to end up in a hospital. I want to focus on adolescents but come in contact with a variety of ages, ethnicities, and personalities. So there it is, my next ten years, and now comes the most important part that was drilled into my brain at the end of every bedtime story—I want to live happily ever after just like my mommy and daddy!!


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Chandra

Ankara Elementary High School

Mediterranean District


Name: Mandaklnl Chandra


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending McGill University or London School of Economics studying in Environmental Development, International Relations and History.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
I will always remember the diversity in the halls of Ankara ES/HS. Koreans, Americans, South Africans .... we have It all. When I first moved here, I rememberthinking that high school was going to be a mix of traditions and cultures- the melting pot really fantastic. I will remember all the teachers that shaped my academic interests. Most of all, I will miss laughing with my friends and screaming the school song as loud as possible during pep rallies; I will miss senior class meetings, academic bowl practice and all the fun we had while making the yearbook.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss talking to kids from all over the world. Whenever I attended a conference or an event in Germany, I always enjoyed traveling to a different place and having some great conversations. I believe that DoDDS Europe education has some unique opportunities for high school students and it's a great feeling to know that you're part of a larger community than just your high school.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Science fairs, MUN, history fairs, quiz bowls, leadership conferences- you name it, we have it! Take Every opportunity to participate In extra-curricular activities and contribute to your school. Take every opportunity to exceed the boundaries in terms of academics. Play sports, run for student council, and most importantly, have fun! High school will never come back.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself In a grass-roots NGO or a development agency In my home country or even abroad. Living overseas will alert you to thousands of problems that need fixing. Our generation will face new challenges in politics and technology; hopefully, I will be able to give back to the world around me Instead of lining my pockets with a job that pays the big bucks.


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Lawson

Kaiserslautern High School

Kaiserslautern District


Name: Michael Lawson


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, West Point majoring in Mechanical Engineering/ Pre-Med.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
A special memory is being part of the Division 1 Cross Country team that won the 2012 European Championship, the first KHS Men's Cross Country to win Europeans since 1996. I also had a lot of struggles juggling extra-curricular activities with my sports throu9hout high school. However, I could always rely on my friends to bring me back after a stress-filled week. I enjoyed the good times and the bad, because they both brought me to where I am today, and showed me who my good friends really were.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the connection that all of the DoDDS-Europe students share with one another. We all have an affiliation with the military in one way or another, and although these schools are considered public schools, they seem more like private schools for a very special group of kids. I am proud to be part of that group.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
The advice that I would give to current underclassmen is to work hard, but not too hard. You have to do well in school and on the SAT and ACT in order to get to the schools where you want to go. But life isn't just about working hard. At some point, you have to take a breath and enjoy life.lf you're always looking at the horizon, you'll never appreciate the beauty around you.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself serving the the United States Army as a doctor in 10 years. I have always wanted to end up serving in the Army like my father, and it looks like I will be following exactly in his footsteps. However, if I do not end up doing this in the future then I am just fine with that. My goal is to find happiness in life, and I've found that ensuring the happiness of others is the fastest way to find my own happiness.


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MABUNAY

Rota High School

Mediterranean District


Name: Michael Mabunay


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending University of Maryland University Campus, currently undecided in a major.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
The travel to other countries with sports teams and the honor band/choir will stay with me for a while. I would never imagine a more unique experience than what I have had.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the NJROTC program and the Golf season. These are two things that I really committed myself to for the past two years, and have greatly impacted my choices in life and who I am today. Traveling for these two programs will always be an experience no other student could have experienced.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
The best advice I could offer to underclassmen is to just get involved with many different activities. No other school in the United States will fly you to European countries for a week. It will open your eyes to places and moments that you'll take with you wherever you go.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I see myself in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee. Whether enlisted or officer, I know that I would excel in whatever I am doing. I may also have a family by that time, and hopefully that child will be able to experience the things that I have.


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Bitburg High School

Kaiserslautern District


Name: Michelle Morrison


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Florida State University majoring in Biology/ Zoology after which joining the workforce as a veterinarian.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
The Basketball Championship of 2013 and hanging out with friends/ teammates.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
The close-knit community in our school, different cultures and food.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Don't lose focus; make goals you know you can reach; have fun, try not to stress out too much and turn in your homework!


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still in school, studying and getting experience to become a vet.


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miles

Bamberg Middle High School

Bavaria District


Name: Miles Younkin


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Grand Rapids Community College then Grand Valley State (Michigan) and will be majoring in Education focusing in History and Foreign Languages.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
The travel opportunities afforded by my time overseas have been memorable. Travelling to European and Asian countries like China, Bali, Thailand, Germany, Italy, Belgium and their famous cities such as Munich, Nuremburg, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terra, Beijing and Seoul (Korean Old Town) really made history live for me.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the travel opportunities, the food, the drinking age (be responsible :)), the people and the environment of Germany.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Get away from the base to learn about the cities and people where your parent/sponsor is stationed. You have an opportunity few kids get to have.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Teaching History and perhaps Foreign Language to DoDDS students in any location I can get hired.


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Myles

Heidelberg High School

Heidelberg District


Name: Myles Lacy


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Vanderbilt University and pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Watching Heidelberg High School win the DoDDS European D1 Football Championships in a close game over Wiesbaden as well as being a member of our school's 3rd place winning team at the DoDDS Academic Games during my senior year.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the culture and cultural activities that I have been exposed to while living here in Heidelberg. I also have been very fortunate to make so many friendships that have and will mean a lot to me in the future.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
I suggest they start finding their interests now as it makes the learning all the more fun and easier as the years go by.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to be a research engineer for the military or government services.


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Lajes High School

Mediterranean District


Name: Paige Adams


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I plan to enter the workforce as a Legal Intern and attend Pen State World Campus Online studying International Relations



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Some of my favorite school memories that I will take with me would have to include my Senior Prom, all my years of Cross Country, and my relationship between teachers, coaches, and classmates I have made along the way. DoDDS school system has a phenomenal way of making everyone feel like family whether its in class, at an after school activity, or in a sport. As I leave for college my main priority is to stay in contact with not just my immediate family, but my DoDDS family as well.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
When I look forward to the future, one thing I am sure I will miss is the DoDDs school system and the overseas experience. DoDDs schools exemplify cultural diversity in a way that wouldn’t be present in other schools. Through this experience I was able to understand opposing views in the political system. Another advantage of living overseas was my experience to travel. Over the seven years I have been in DoDDs I have had the privilege of visiting over eleven difference countries including Africa, Greece, Italy, France, and Germany. Through these travels, I was able to immerse myself in the different cultures and experience their political systems. I have found that this will be beneficial to me in the future when I enter the democratic system of America.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
One thing I would tell the current underclassmen is to reach outside your comfort zone. I would tell the story of my Freshman year when I joined Cross Country and Mr. Hood, my coach, pushed me to do something different or try harder everyday. Stepping outside my comfort zone through Cross Country made its was into my life. Before I knew it I was doing things day to day that I would have never imagined before. This was definitely something I believe made me the person I am today.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
10 years from now I see myself working in Washington as a Civil Rights Lawyer getting ready to start my political career. I see myself working hard to share my stories and overseas experiences with others to make the political system of America a more well rounded and equal playing field for everyone. I plan to promote the true meaning of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


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ryan

Bamberg High School

Bavaria District


Name: Ryan Martindale-George


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending University of Denver while pursuing a major in International Business/International Management.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Some of my favorite memories of high school here in Germany are being able to travel all over Europe to go to different sporting events, such as driving to Naples for a football game.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
What I will miss most, besides all the amazing people I have met while being here, is the fact that I am so close to all these amazing countries here in Europe. I will miss the traveling I have been able to do due to being in the near center of Europe.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
I would tell current underclassmen to not get too stressed out and to make the most out of the fact that you are living in Europe, so go travel and experience all that Europe has to offer.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself working for a company either in the US or in a foreign country. I imagine that I will still be traveling around Europe and the world when the opportunity presents itself.


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Sally

Ramstein High School

Kaiserslautern District


Name: Sally Ruwerungun


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the College of Micronesia for a degree in Public Services.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
I moved to the United States from Micronesia when I was 14 and attended David Douglas High School in Oregon and then E.E. Smith High School in North Carolina before moving to Ramstein, Germany. My favorite memories include learning the English and German languages and cultures and the ROTC program. ROTC and Summer Leadership School have taught me leadership, teamwork, and discipline. I hope to use these qualities as I pursue my studies and my dream of being in the US Air Force.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss my great friends and teachers and my amazing guidance counselor and I will also miss the opportunity to travel around Europe. Ramstein High School is a wonderful place where I have felt welcomed, safe, and fortunate.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
To always keep a positive attitude, try new things that can benefit you in life, never give up on hope and faith, and follow your heart.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to be working for the United States Air Force either in a public service (counseling) field or a fine arts (photography) field.


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Stephany

Alconbury Middle High School

Isles District


Name: Stephany Osbourne


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be joining the U.S. Air Force and will pursue a medical career.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
My favorite memories are traveling with sports teams and all the teachers at DODDS because they all have great personalities and are always easy to talk to if you need help. Cogswell, my favorite science teacher, my memories arguing with you back and forth about different theories, I will definitely miss.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the sports trips the most because not a lot of American students can say that they have traveled all over Europe with their school.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Seriously, do all of your work and NEVER turn anything late because if you slack your freshmen year, you won't have any motivation to continue. I know everybody will probably tell you that, but its the truth.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself in the Air Force still serving my country while also, hopefully with my nursing degree.


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Victoria

Baumholder Middle High School

Kaiserslautern District


Name: Victoria Reynolds


What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the University of Dubuque while majoring in Psychology.



What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
Cheering at every homecoming game and returning to my school sophomore year the morning I was flying out to say goodbye to all my friends and teachers.


What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
PCSing to different school all the time and getting to know new cultures and people.


What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Don't ever wait for the last minute on ANYTHING! It will just cause you more stress and prevent you from enjoying the time you have.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I will have completed my 4 years in psychology and 2 years for social work, so I would already have a job and hopefully I'll be married, or getting married, by this time.


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