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CLARENCE — Aaron Woodward is one of 65 seniors who will graduate from North Cedar High School at the end of the school year.
He is ready to move on to college.
“Four years of high school is enough for me,” said Woodward, who has been in the district his entire life. “I’m ready to start working on my career path of being a chiropractor. I’ve changed my mind a few times but it’s finally set.”
Woodward thought about being a physical education teacher and also contemplated the idea of being a physical therapist. These careers would be perfect fits for Woodward because he has been a four- or five-sport athlete for most of his high school career — participating in football for three years, basketball four years, golf two years, track his senior year and baseball for five years.
“It is depressing knowing that I won’t be able to play with all the same teammates and friends I’ve had in previous years for baseball, but I still look forward to it and hopefully will end on a good note,” Woodward said.
High school goes by fast and while in school Woodward might be ready for it to end, but he knows when he graduates he will realize the many things he’ll miss.
He will miss his friends, but knows there will plenty of new people to meet when he goes to college. Woodward wishes he would have gone out for track in his previous years and wishes he would have paid more attention in class to get the full learning. Woodward also regrets not taking college courses so he could have been a little bit more prepared for when he goes to college.
Although Woodward has things he wishes he could have done, he has plenty of great memories he will take away when he goes to college. His favorite memory happened in his senior year in a basketball game against Monticello. Woodward got fouled with just a few seconds to go and the Knights down by one. Woodward made his first free throw to tie the game and, after a few dribbles and a deep breath, sank his second shot for the win. Everyone in the crowd and on the team went crazy. His other favorite memory is when he was playing a baseball game against Iowa City Regina and almost hit for the cycle — a single, double, triple and a home run. The only thing Woodward needed was a triple.
Although he knows there will be bumps in the road, he’s confident he’ll persevere through everything life throws at him and make a smooth transition from high school to college.