Finally looking forward: Moore senior facing post-graduation


Hanson poses in her Moore Bulldogs cheerleading uniform for her senior portrait.

Photo courtesy of TruBlu Photography

Moore senior Alison Hanson describes herself as shy and nervous, but her own bold honesty contradicts her words. It also reveals that she’s spent at least part of her final high school year has been facing down her fears.

“Being a senior, to me, has always been something scary to think about,” she said. “I’ve never been excited about moving on. I’ve always been comfortable here in Moore with my mom.”

That, you’ll discover, was a feat in itself for Alison. While she’s spent her entire high school career in Moore, she moved a lot before then, even spending two years in Las Vegas. She liked the bustling city, and still has bonds to the desert oasis.

“I have two friends there that I lost connection with, and I recently got back with them through Facebook,” she said excitedly.

So what was it like to start over in rural Montana, unfamiliar with the town and its agricultural backbone? Despite her introverted self-descriptions, Alison didn’t seem to have too tough a time.

“Well, when I first moved here, I didn’t know anybody,” she said. “My mom always wanted me to get more involved in the school, and Ella, my sister, was going to take cheerleading, so I thought, ‘Hey, I’ll do it, too.’”

Now Alison has dawned her pompoms for all four years of high school.

“During school, I’m more shy and reserved, and during cheerleading I can just be loud and crazy and do whatever  I want,” she explained. “It makes me feel more outgoing and more adventurous.”

Cheerleading is only one of Alison’s extracurriculars, sharing the senior’s calendar with National Honor Society and FCCLA, or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Yes, Alison has even comfortably settled into her schooldays.

“I’m really good friends with some of the teachers, and they make me laugh everyday,” she said. “I’m a big fan of English, and I used to take art, which I enjoy.”

Despite a lack of agricultural background, Alison hasn’t found it hard to relate to people, even in the larger Moore community.

“Honestly, people in Moore are very open,” she said. “If you don’t know something, they’ll explain it to you, and in very good detail.”

So now, after four years of settling in and adjusting to small-town Montana? Graduation. But, the post-graduation future has brightened for Alison as her senior year has gone by.

“I’ve been accepted into MSU-Billings, and I’m very certain I’m going to be attending there,” she said.

The high schooler explained it was a compromise between being settled and moving forward.

“It was close to here, because I can’t live without my mom and my parents, and my friend Cassie also got accepted,” she said.

Alison and her roommate plan to try to room together. Yes, a new adventure with an old friend sounds like a perfect compromise.


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