Thursday, May 14, 2009
Seniors open door to future
“High school days roll by quickly for many and slowly for others, but we all experience the same events in those four years, along with the successes, the failures, the new friends and the old, the good days and the bad. The long days of classes were often punctuated by the show of spirit in pep rallies and field days, and all of those fun experiences. These high school days will be remembered forever by all who happen to come this way.”
Those words were printed 30 years ago – in my last high school yearbook.
This week we’re publishing our annual graduation edition of the newspaper. It honors our seniors in Marshall County and highlights the top academic students from each of the schools.
Our county’s talent pool is strong, when it comes to our young people. Often we hear the negative about today’s teenagers. But, trust me, there are lots of positives in the Class of 2009 at all of our schools in Marshall County.
Many of our young people are focused on what’s important – setting goals and eager to achieve them. They have great futures ahead.
I grew up loving sports, but believe me, my mom made sure I was focused on my grades. The classroom work had to come first, even if it meant studying when I got home from the ball game.
During recent sports scholarship signings, I was encouraged by high school athletes in our county saying the same – grades are the number one priority – now and heading to college.
High school turns into a balancing act for many — athletics, various clubs, music, band, jobs and of course, studying and tests.
There’s much good that comes from all of those activities. It prepares our young people for the future, because the real world and family life are balancing acts, too.
High school graduations are here. There’s excitement. The door to the future is about to open.
The editor of my high school yearbook (back in 1979) summed it up this way.
“And now, as seniors, we make our exit and leave the stage to make room for others. It’s our time to move on. Our cast breaks up and each of us go separate ways in search of new dreams and goals, but we’ll always remember this final experience and the fun we’ve shared and the things we’ve learned. Our performance has ended; there will be no encores or reappearances, for time can alter the period in the spotlight, but I hope that each person will always recall the happenings, the people, the laughs and the tears that made this year special.”
And what do we remember?
“We looked back and remembered the happy times, feeling the rewards of hard work and dedication. At other times we felt all alone, isolated in the midst of a crowd. Our existence was one of constant new beginnings and continuous endings that filled our lives and our memories. It was our year, molded by the vast and diverse character of who we were and had become.”
It’s been a long time since 1979, but it really doesn’t seem that long ago.
Time flies, which is another reason why we should teach our young people to set goals and dwell on what is most important in life.
Congratulations to all members of the Class of 2009 and best wishes!
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