Vicenza seniors prep for life after high school
Vicenza High School seniors practice cooking techniques during a cooking class offered as part of Senior Week. The class was one of several presented during Senior Week March 14-18 to help seniors prepare for life away from home. Other topics include... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

VICENZA, Italy -- While students in the freshman through junior classes concentrated on acing the Terra Nova tests March 14-18, Vicenza High School seniors were introduced to a number of classes and activities to get them ready for their futures.

Each year "Senior Week" provides students a chance to engage with each other and prepare for graduation and life after high school.

This year, seniors had a cooking class with a professional chef which included shopping for groceries, preparing the dishes and finally, digging in and tasting their creation. A local senior provided on-the-spot translation for the chef, from Italian to English. Sutdents also visited the Teatro Olimpico in downtown Vicenza and attended lectures on credit card debt at the Global Credit Union and vehicle maintenance at the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Auto Skills shop.

"Senior week gave seniors the possibility to appreciate the works and history of architect Andrea Palladio" said Senior Class Sponsor Darrel Hill. "In addition, they were able to recognize the necessity and importance of auto maintenance, everyday banking and the culinary arts."

Vicenza seniors also took an interactive self-defense class, learning how to react and respond to potentially dangerous situations, and learned about dating violence. Throughout the week, several parents of seniors acted as chaperones and actively participated in the activities on and off post.

"It was great to spend time with my class downtown" said Alexander Steger, VHS senior. "Learning more about how to handle a bank account and how to maintain a car were all useful things ... that I will definitely use next year in college."