Dear class of 2022,
Here it is: the culmination of your career in high school.
If you put on a hat and dress and turn the brush from right to left, I urge you to pause and just take it all.
Graduation in itself is an achievement, but you have not just achieved the goal of graduation. You have achieved this goal after some of the most chaotic years in recent history, years marked by a devastating Category 5 hurricane, national social and political unrest and a global pandemic.
Despite the chaos, you have adapted. You have overcome obstacles. You broke through.
It is for this reason that I have confidence in what awaits you as you move from student to graduate.
You have the experience of problem solving to look at this world and find your own way to make it better. And it’s perfectly normal if your path looks much different than that of your classmates.
Perhaps you are tied to college; maybe you don’t.
Perhaps you are moving away to embark on a new adventure; perhaps you are staying here to contribute to the community in which you grew up.
Indeed, there is no wrong answer.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
And true beauty This message is that your dream is to do as you wish, adapt and grow as you adapt and grow.
In conclusion, I wish you – apart from great success – to be somewhere between pomp and circumstance, amid camera flashes and good wishes, that you recognize and accept the value of your individuality, that you show your passion and pursue it with a purpose.
Congratulations, 2022 graduate. Go and do amazing things in your own unique way.
Carol Kent Wyatt is the editor of the Washington County News and an advertiser for Holmes County. Write to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org