Roy senior reflects on experience

By: 
ALICE NEAL
News-Argus Staff

Jada Kananen enjoys being a part of the Outlaws volleyball and track teams.
Photo courtesy of Jada Kananen

Jada Kananen, daughter of C.W. and Robin Kananen, is looking forward to her senior year at Roy. The 16-year-old has been active in track and volleyball throughout her high school years.
This summer Jada has the opportunity to travel to Australia to represent Montana in the Down Under Sports volleyball tournament. The remainder of the summer she will use her free time to go fishing and camping with family. When school resumes in the next few weeks, Jada will once again be a part of the Roy-Winfred Outlaws track team and volleyball team.
Her senior year will be a bittersweet time for Jada as she considers leaving the family atmosphere of the Roy school after graduation. “I don’t look forward to leaving my family and friends who have helped me get this far in life,” she said. “And I don’t look forward to the expense and paying for a college education.”
Although Jada has not yet decided which college to attend, she is determined to enroll next fall and pursue a degree that will lead her into the field of social work.
“High school has taught me to please myself before pleasing others,” Jada said. She offers this advice: “Do what makes you happy. I hope to use this bit of knowledge for the rest of my life to be satisfied with my choices in life.”
Looking back on her junior year, Jada said that the best part was playing volleyball against Park City at the divisional tournament. “We lost the first two matches, but came back and won the last three and were guaranteed a place at the state tournament.”
When asked if she could spend a day with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and where would they go, Jada replied, “I would choose to spend a day with Reba McIntyre. I would go anywhere because who could complain about a day with Reba? I would hope she would share her knowledge about life.”
Jada clearly has a good head on her shoulders. The future looks bright for one who has the correct view on life.

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