Leaving high school and moving forward

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Editorial: May 22, 2013

ISSUE: Graduation has arrived
Boldly step into the future

An excited class of high school seniors will receive their diplomas from local and area high schools during the coming days. Family and friends nearby and far away will experience the rush and whirlwind of graduation ceremonies, congratulatory gatherings and celebratory parties that accompanies this busy time of the year. Through it all, the hard work and accomplishment these diplomas and degrees represent for their soon-to-be-graduates will be applauded.

As these seniors move their mortar board tassels from left to right, signifying crossing this all-important milestone from the teenage years into adulthood, a doorway into a future of possibility will open.

The next steps these young people will take into tomorrow will be varied. Many will pursue degrees from community colleges or universities. Some will follow interests and skills through trade or technical schools. Others will choose to serve our country and enter the military. Yet others will directly enter the workforce.

Regardless of their path, age and experience have informed us that in time new graduates will have the same question. They’ll look back someday, some sooner than others, and ask themselves why they were in such a hurry to leave high school and their teenage years behind. At some point in adulthood, we all have this question.

Life can be challenging in the world of adulthood. But a few simple truths can help these young people to tackle highs and lows of life.

First, the economy owes you nothing. As we’ve encouraged graduates of past classes, your future is what you make of it. Hard work, tenacious determination and on-going assertiveness can overcome many of the challenges life will drop at your doorstep.

If going on to college, choose carefully the degree you will pursue. The popular fields of study today might not offer attractive employment opportunities or livable wages down the road. Seek out wise counsel and insight from those knowledgeable about the needs of tomorrow and how your skill set and interests might align with them. The same is also true of technical or trade degrees.

Speaking of wise counsel, remember there is something far larger and more important that one’s self. While successful career paths and personal accomplishment are important goals to reach, lasting fulfillment and purpose only comes through authentic relationships both personal and spiritual. Chase after these with as much intent and enthusiasm as you do your career.

Treat each day as a blessing and squeeze out as much goodness as you can from it. Give back more than you take, both in the workplace and on the home front. Always look forward for that next opportunity to constructively improve your current situation and that of those around you.

And in doing so, never forget to glance back to thank those who’ve been instrumental in helping you along the way, and for those whom you can lend a hand of help as well.


Breakout Box:

Here's the schedule of local high school graduation ceremonies:

Central Hardin High School – 6 p.m. May 25, school gymnasium by admission ticket only

Elizabethtown High School – 7 p.m. May 31, school gymnasium

FAITH Homeschool Group – 12:30 p.m. June 1, Grace Heartland Church

Fort Knox High School – 6 p.m. May 24, Brooks Field (Inclement weather: Waybur Theater)

John Hardin High School – 7 p.m. May 24, Bulldog Stadium (Inclement weather: School gymnasium)

LaRue County High School – 8 p.m. May 24, school gymnasium

North Hardin Christian School – 7 p.m. May 24, school gymnasium

North Hardin High School –  2 p.m. May 25, Ray Story Stadium (Inclement weather: Ron Bevars Gym by admission ticket only)