Shawna Markle Takes On HHS

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Shawna Markle Takes On HHS

Junior Shawna Markle (left) and classmate Alexadra Russo at Spirit Night.

Junior Shawna Markle (left) and classmate Alexadra Russo at Spirit Night.

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Junior Shawna Markle (left) and classmate Alexadra Russo at Spirit Night.

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courtsey of Shawna Markle

Junior Shawna Markle (left) and classmate Alexadra Russo at Spirit Night.

Jardin Jacoby, Staff Writer

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Shawna Markle went through the first day of school just like everyone else, but not necessarily at the same time. She experienced something that most high schoolers have nightmares about; moving to a new school in the middle of their junior year. Markle had to leave behind her friends in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to move to Hillsborough in mid-November. Although she is used to moving every few years, this new change would prove to be the hardest due to her love of her old school.

“It could be considered rough by outsiders but we had a ton of pride for our school,” Markle said.

Moving to a new school, in a new state, half-way through your junior year would be challenging for anyone, and Markle definitely experienced the feeling of bitterness from being swept away from her old home. She experienced difficulty at first in finding a class schedule that worked for her, because despite being a straight-A student and taking multiple AP classes at her previous school, Markle’s guidance counselor was afraid that the different curriculum could pose a challenge for a new student. Eventually, everything worked out and Markle enjoys splitting her time in between Hillsborough and Votec, not to mention she gets to take some pretty cool culinary classes.

The HHS Guidance Department has proven to be a vital asset to any new student. Not only was Markle’s guidance counselor welcoming and sweet but, she also proved to be a great introduction to the Hillsborough school system. As could be expected the first day of school was hard for Markle. However, Markle had a peer mentor who showed her around the building and really made her transition into the school much easier.

I attended spirit night and Prom, the only things to really happen since I got here, both were a ton of fun and unforgettable, they were so much fun and I went with an amazing group of people including my boyfriend,” Markle said.

Not only did her friendly and outgoing attitude gain her an abundance of new friends, but it also helped her meet a friend group that might stay with her for life. Markle isn’t just a normal high school student, she already owns her own baking business specializing in custom cakes and catering for weddings.

She was actively involved in the Cherry and White (her old school’s newspaper), many school musicals, a science club, and not to mention a very valuable member on her school’s varsity golf and volleyball teams. Hopefully, Markle will continue her athletic career at HHS next year, but for the time being she spends her time taking part in the Philosophy Club.

Markle succeeded in turning a potentially sour situation into a great opportunity to meet new people and to grow in a new environment. “I am very excited to attend next year and graduate as a Boro student,” Markle said.

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