Graduates take on worlds

6 local teens take roads less traveled

By Tyler Graf and Susan Parrish

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There have been easier times for graduating high school seniors. College tuition is rising as career options are plateauing.

But for many teens nowadays, the future doesn't depend on attending college straight out of high school, accepting an internship or finding a lifelong 9 to 5 job. The Game of Life model for prosperity -- go to college, get married, find a job and die happily at Millionaire Acres -- doesn't hold the same sway it once did.

Facing down that first, pivotal crossroad of life, some high school graduates say they're sidestepping the road more traveled. These teenagers, marching to the beat of a different drummer, heed the call to service, travel and real-world experiences.

Jorden Jackson: Missionary work

Joshua McNeal: Alaska fishing guide

Tenzin Lama: Medical care for the impoverished

Jared Marshall and Trent Foster: U.S. Marine Corps.

Porter Kuhn: U.S. Navy, emergency room trauma surgeon