The end of the year is filled with dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s to make sure every credit is accounted for and nothing stands in the way of this long-awaited day. For some graduates, announcements are important, whether it is to let family and friends know, “Yes, it is happening!” or to inform past teachers and coaches that their share of inspiration and encouragement paid off. Caps and gowns are ordered. Plans are made for graduation ceremonies, family celebrations and senior trips.
Some graduates have made the most of these formative years of schooling, others may have spent some of their years distracted and turned it around at the end to reach the goal of graduation. Either way, they can say they accomplished something. Only 83.5 percent of high school students in the United States and only 87 percent of students in Utah graduate from high school. They are already setting themselves apart as adults who persevere and achieve their goals.
Younger students may be looking at the graduating class and thinking, “Wow, will that ever be me?” or “That seems so far away.” It will come quicker than you realize, and all the effort you put into learning and improving your grades will help you to become better thinkers and well-rounded human beings. Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible, until it’s done.”
Your efforts may also pay off in the form of funding for continuing your education. Your ACT score and high grades combine to help you qualify to receive partial to full college tuition for several Utah universities and colleges. Many of our seniors who prepared ahead will be taking advantage of these benefits after graduation.
Graduates, may you keep your momentum or, if things never quite went fast enough for you in high school, I hope you are able to speed up to your own pace and finally show the world what you are capable of. You have the opportunity to make a difference in whatever you persevere in doing. We know you can do it! Your administrators, teachers, school support staff, your parents, family, and friends are rooting for you. Always strive to do and to be your best. If you have passion for what you do, great things will happen for you and for all those whose lives you influence.
Assistant Principal Mark Brunsdale
Stansbury High School