GLEN ROSE – It is the time of year when the sounds of summer are upon us and thoughts turn to vacations and hanging out somewhere to keep cool. However, if you’re a senior in high school your thoughts are centered on graduation and where to plant that next step.

Glen Rose High School has two students, Oscar Suarez and Joey Sandlin, who know exactly what they want and where they are going after graduation. Working hard and staying dedicated has finally paid off and the two seniors want to share with the community their future plans.

Oscar Suarez has chosen Texas State University to continue his education – based on the qualities he experienced on a campus visit. General school spirit, along with kindness among the students really appealed to him, Suarez stated. He also added that he wanted to major in marketing and culinary arts.

“I feel this school will help me go far in my career,” Suarez explained. “It was a relief knowing I had been accepted. I cried not only because I got my acceptance letter, but also because my own father and family doubted me. I proved to my family that I could go above and beyond and be the first to graduate and go to college because that’s all that matters to me.”

Suarez’s mother, however, has been his biggest cheerleader and role model, he said. His mother, Maria, works at Tacote and has always been independent, which, according to Suarez, is a quality that he wants to have as he ventures out into the world.

The second GRHS senior, Joey Sandlin has been accepted to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. The academy is one of the five United States service academies and training concludes with becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The academy specializes in marine engineering, navigation, international law and many other subjects that pertain to the task of running a large ship.

Sandlin enjoys math, science and traveling, so he said that this would be a great adventure for him. When he received his acceptance letter, Sandlin said he was relieved and a little excited after spending so much time and effort applying.

What is he looking forward to most about college?

“Hanging out in New York City, high-adventures on the seven seas and making new friends,” Sandlin added.

Editor's note: The Reporter and its staff wish these two Glen Rose seniors, and all of those graduating with the Class of 2016, the best of luck in their next chapters.