Today is the big day Macarthy Sivard and the Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 2019.
Sivard, 17, is a Council Bluffs native who joined the Council Bluffs Community School District in the middle of his elementary school years. He attended Wilson Middle School before arriving at T.J. Sivard and his fellow seniors are set to cross the stage at the Mid-America Center to receive their diplomas this morning. Looking back at the past four years of high school, Sivard said that some days were longer than others, but his senior year flew by. He said it will be a relief to end the day as a graduate tomorrow.
“I’m going to feel very accomplished,” he said.
Sivard was active outside the classroom, taking part in tennis and baseball as an underclassman and playing golf all four years. He was also a member of the Yellowjackets band, playing percussion on the sidelines of all the big T.J. games. Sivard said it was always a great feeling to help raise the energy with music during competition. He said he also made numerous friendships over the years.
“We’re kind of like one big family” he said. “I loved hanging out with [my bandmates].”
Sivard is set to attend Iowa Western Community College, where he will study criminal justice. He said one day he wants to become a detective with the Council Bluffs Police Department, citing an interest in using critical thinking to put pieces together to solve a crime. He said he just wants to make his community a better, safer place.
“I’ve always wanted to be a cop, ever since I was little,” he said. “It’s what I’ve set my mind to.”
Sivard said he is looking forward to life after high school and he’s ready to see what the next chapter in his life brings him. Before he goes back to school, though, he said he is excited for a family trip to Florida this summer.