Congratulations graduates: We are proud of you

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — e.e. cummings

 

Hundreds of young people from throughout the Mecosta and Osceola County area wrapped up one stage of their lives over the weekend, and began the next journey almost immediately.

The graduates of the Class of 2013 have achieved a lot and are well positioned to achieve even more as they continue on with their education; head off into the workaday world; or get set to join the military.

There are a lot of choices to be made – more than one might expect. We are sure our young neighbors have been well prepared to make choices …and make the right choices.

It is far too easy to moan and groan about

“…these young people today.”

Too often, folks throughout our communities tend to focus on the problems of youth while ignoring the many, many, many good things these young people have already done while in school.

We focus on the kids caught breaking and entering, but pay little or no attention to the dozens of young people inducted each year into the National Honor Society.

We complain about the kid busted for being a ‘minor in possession,’ but rarely offer a word of appreciation for the young people serving their schools in Student Government.

By far and away, members of the Class of 2013 are good kids and have been doing good things — at home, in school, and around their communities — for a long time.

There are a lot of good kids throughout the area, and on this weekend filled with commencement exercises and graduation Open Houses, we would like to congratulate the Class of 2013 on this important occasion and thank them for all the good things they may have done over the past 12 years – things that often went unrecognized and under-appreciated.

We’re happy for you and wish you well in the future.

Know well —we’re proud you grew up here and proud of your accomplishments even if we didn’t quite express it enough.

We really did, and really do appreciate all you did for our community.

Thanks, and good luck.

 

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