Our thoughts Con­grat­u­la­tions Class of 2017

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Grad­u­a­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in a young per­son’s life. It is the clos­ing of one chap­ter and the be­gin­ning of another.

We at The Cov­ing­ton News are blessed to have two in­terns who will par­tic­i­pate in the lo­cal grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies next week­end. These two stu­dents came to us through work-based learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­ter­ests in the jour­nal­ism field. We de­cided, this week, to let them tell you their point of view on grad­u­a­tion.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Class of 2017. We cel­e­brate you in your jour­ney to the next chap­ter.

When we grad­u­ated from kinder­garten, it was the end of a lot of things, the end of cling­ing to our mother’s leg as she dropped us off at school or eat­ing Play-Doh and stick­ing Crayons up our noses. It was the end of run­ning around in the class­room and the end of nap time. We were told that we needed to be big boys and girls as we be­gan our el­e­men­tary school ca­reer; grow­ing up was un­pre­dictable and fright­en­ing.

As we grad­u­ate from high school, it is the end of lock­ers lin­ing the hall­ways and gum un­der the desks. It is the end of foot­ball games and prom, the end of hang­ing out in the park­ing lot af­ter school, and the end of 50-minute class sched­ule. The thought of grow­ing up is still full of un­cer­tain­ties and con­cerns but it is also full of hope and ex­cite­ment.

Al­though we face many end­ings, grad­u­a­tion is also the be­gin­ning of many ex­cit­ing en­deav­ors. The start of col­lege or a new job, mov­ing away and be­com­ing “real” adults. The be­gin­ning of new friend­ships and new ad­ven­tures. The first time we are go­ing to face the world on our own. It is the be­gin­ning of the rest of our lives. Grow­ing up is not a fear­ful thing, it is ex­cit­ing and full of new pos­si­bil­i­ties.

This is it. Af­ter so many years of laughs, tears, stress and memories both good and bad, this is it. It is a sur­real mo­ment to me think­ing about walk­ing across that stage and re­ceiv­ing the diploma that I put thou­sands of hours into re­ceiv­ing. As a sixth grader, I would count the days be­fore cer­tain life mile­stones that were quickly ap­proach­ing, such as en­ter­ing high school, re­ceiv­ing my li­cense and a car or en­ter­ing se­nior year, etc. Through those next six or seven years, there a lot of highs and lows, but I wouldn’t change a thing, be­cause I be­lieve ev­ery­thing that hap­pened was for a rea­son, and it made me into the per­son I am to­day.

What’s next for me? I plan to stay lo­cal for a few years in school while be­ing blessed with op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­mu­nity such as work­ing with to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in the very field of sports jour­nal­ism that I to make a ca­reer out of.

It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see where the rest of the stu­dents in the class of 2017 end up. Some were friends of mine that I may never see again, while some are friends that I will re­main con­nected with. No mat­ter where this jour­ney of life takes all of us, I will never for­get the memories I have made with those peers and will cher­ish ev­ery sin­gle one of them for the rest of my life.

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