Seniors, the world is yours!
That question may also be on the minds of seniors graduating from Springville-Griffith Institute and West Valley Central School on June 23. These young people will no longer be high school students dreaming about the future. They will be high school graduates and for them, the future is right now.
They deserve their moments in the spotlight and we should all be proud of them. The America’s Promise Alliance recently reported that nationally, only 75 percent of American high schoolers graduate. That means that one out of every four students will fail to walk across that platform and receive a diploma.
But the local seniors who are trying on their caps and gowns, planning their graduation parties and sharing their college acceptance letters are not part of that statistic and for that, they should be applauded.
These young men and women have their whole lives ahead of them. They will experience love, loss, failure and success. They will join the military, go to college, create works of art, establish businesses, marry and have children and their families and community should follow and support them every step of the way.
The milestone that this Saturday marks for so many of our younger community members also marks a fork in the road for them. We wish them the best as they embark on the exciting journey that is life. Congratulations, seniors! “May the road rise up to meet you and may the wind be always at your back.”