Congratulations to the graduates

Graduation season has settled into the area, as well as across the nation.

These few weeks are a whirlwind of activity and can mean a little something different to everyone. To new or soon-to-be graduates, this time is about scheduling — scheduling every minute of graduation day; scheduling what open houses to visit and at what times; and scheduling classes for next fall or what date to start working this summer, or both. It all comes down to you making your own decisions from here on out.

For parents, it means finding a way to hold back those proud tears while rushing to make sure every stitch and pin is perfectly in place on graduation day, and that there will be more than enough food, plates and cups for the open house. This time also means excitement and pride for the community as a whole.

The community has watched as most of the seniors graduating throughout Mecosta and Osceola counties grew up in the area. They can pick out familiar names and faces and are almost as proud of the students who have completed the requirements to receive their diplomas as they were when their own children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews crossed the stage.

As new high school and college graduates begin spreading their wings to try new things, explore new places, learn and succeed, members of the community will continue to be proud, like an extended family.

Graduates, you may go out into the world to see and do things you have never dreamed of experiencing, either from halfway around the planet or two blocks from where you grew up, but one thing will remain the same. Your community will still be proud of your every accomplishment. Those counting down the years before they graduate will walk through town or sit in class and hear the “There was this one student who is now …”

You can fill in the blanks. You know these stories, too.

Now, it’s your turn to contribute to the stories your community tells with pride.

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