Graduating senior Hannah ReutherHannah Reuther is RHL’s featured senior

There are 77 seniors set to graduate from River HomeLink this year, and we’re proud of and impressed by each and every one of them! We interviewed one outstanding graduate from each of our district high schools about what their plans are now that they’ve completed their high school education, what advice they’d give to next year’s freshman class, and to share their favorite high school memories.

Hannah Reuther was selected by RHL’s leadership team to be featured as an outstanding graduate. Below are Hannah’s responses, in her own words. Congratulations Hannah and all the other graduates on reaching this important milestone, and best of luck in all your future endeavors! 

What are your plans post-graduation?

I’m leaning towards pursuing a career in teaching, but I’m not sure exactly what field I’d like to be in right now so I’m going to take a year to try and figure that out. I’ll be working and gaining knowledge and work experience in the meantime.

Who has been the most influential teacher or school administrator from your high school experience? How did they have an impact and what lessons did you take away from them?

I’m really fortunate to have had some pretty amazing teachers. My U.S History and Civics teacher, Mr. Miller, really challenged me in the way I think about the world and the issues we are facing today. He taught me to really think about my opinions but to also support them with evidence. My drama teacher, Mrs. Sparks, taught me a lot about working with others in a sometimes stressful environment and what it really means to be a part of a team and a community. And my yearbook advisor, Ms. Broyles taught me a lot about Photoshop, but was also a great friend and mentor to me throughout my high school years. I’m really thankful for all the teachers I had during these last four years, though.

What kinds of extracurricular activities did you participate in during your high school career?

I did theatre for all four years of high school, as well as many years before that. I was in seven shows with my school and they are definitely some of my favorite memories! My favorite show we did was “The Little Mermaid” in the fall of my senior year when I got to play Ursula. I was also the Yearbook President for both my junior and senior years.

What is your favorite memory from high school?

I have so many good memories from high school! I love the many hours I spent at rehearsals for shows and getting to experience that with my friends. I loved getting into heated debates over important issues with my classmates. I loved getting to stay after school and help out with fun events. And I loved forming friendships with my teachers and classmates.

What advice would you give to incoming freshman/younger students about high school?

That is a really good question. You know that quote by Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?” That sort of comes to mind. High school can be one of the most fun times in your life. It’s when people are really starting to treat you like an adult. You can start driving, getting a job and having more freedom. But it can also be very challenging. What with academics and a social/family life. My best advice is, know that your life won’t always stay the same. Friends will come and go, and that’s okay. The people around you will change and so will you. Just try to be the best version of yourself that you can. Learn from your mistakes and when you do something wrong, admit it. Be open to fun opportunities, but also know when to say no. High school is a great example of learning to balance, so try to balance it well.


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