What do you want to be when you grow up? That’s the question graduating seniors have been asked countless times and are now planning to answer. In a few short months, area high school students will be dispersing to start the next phase of their lives. For most, that means attending college, going into the workforce or joining the military.
Of this year’s 72 graduating seniors from Osage High School, less than two percent are going out of state next year, to continue their education. One of those students is Gillian Johanns.
Gillian, is the daughter of Terry and Brenda Johanns, will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an undecided major. Johanns said she chose UN-L, “because the campus felt like home.” She said she also liked that it was easy to get around on the campus and it was right down town.
While Lincoln will be a bit of a change from small town Osage, it is a change Johanns said she’s glad to make. “I am excited for the change from small town Osage,” she said. “I'm excited to experience living in a bigger town and meeting new people. I really look forward to meeting new people and getting to know people from different areas of the country.”
Osage has a large number of students going on to play college sports next year. Whether its football, basketball, or even gymnastics, you can count on seeing an Osage graduate there next year. One of those athletes is Hunter Wagner, son of Michelle and Kevin Wagner.
Next year, Wagner is attending Loras College, where he is majoring in elementary education and playing football. Wagner said the teachers he has had in his education at OHS have inspired him in his career path. “The teachers here have impacted my life so much, I wanted to do that for other kids.” When asked what he is most excited about, Wagner said, “I am most excited about starting my life and creating the life I’ve always dreamed.”
A popular college, for Osage students, has always been North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. This year, there are a large number of students attending NIACC in the fall.
One of these students is Madalyn Dohlman. Dohlman is the daughter of Jim and Michelle Dohlman. Dohlman will be attending NIACC to complete her general education courses. Dohlman said in making her college decision, she was torn between pursuing a career in nursing or business, so she chose to attend NIACC, while she makes up her mind. Dohlman said she is most excited to be out on her own, meeting new people, having new experiences. “I’m excited for what the future holds,” Dohlman said.
There are a number of Osage graduates enrolled in the military. One of these is Sophia Muller. Muller is the daughter of Larry and Rhonda Muller. She is enrolled in United States Air Force.
Muller said she joined the Air Force because she wanted to travel the world. “I had no idea what I wanted to with my life,” Muller said. “With the Air Force, I can take a bunch of different classes to figure out what I want to do.” Muller said she is ready for the next step in her life and excited to see where the Air Force takes her.
One thing all OHS graduates agree on, is that there is nowhere else they would have rather grown up. While they may be dispersing to be what they want to be when they grow up, they always have Osage to call home.