Our View: Best of luck to Class of 2008

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Editorial Board, May 2008 to August 2008

  • Bryna Larsen, publisher
  • Brent Boyer, editor
  • Mike Lawrence, city editor
  • Tom Ross, reporter
  • Eric Morris, community representative
  • Paul Draper, community representative

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High school graduation ceremonies for Hayden, South Routt and Christian Heritage School students have come and gone. Steamboat Springs High School's Class of 2008 will graduate Saturday, and they'll be followed a week later by their peers at The Lowell Whiteman School.

This is a special time in the lives of graduating seniors, as well it should be. Walking off that stage with a high school diploma in hand is a commendable accomplishment.

For the Class of 2008, 12 years of homework and tests have come to an end. Some grads will never again play competitive sports, act in a school play or perform in a school band. Best friends since childhood will pursue different careers in different places, and parents will say goodbye to children heading off to colleges or jobs in places other than Routt County.

But while high school graduation is the celebration of an ending, it also represents a beginning. A beginning of adulthood, new adventures and the realities of life as voting, tax-paying, wage-earning members of society.

Similar to what we've said in past years, we offer graduates the following thoughts:

- Celebrate your high school graduation safely and responsibly. Remember, the repercussions - both legal and otherwise - of your actions can have serious and lasting effects on your futures.

- For those who go on to pursue higher educations, have fun but stay focused on your goals. College is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Never lose sight of why you're there - and what it's costing. There won't be teachers, parents or guidance counselors to remind you to attend that early morning lecture or study all week for that biology midterm. The choices you make are yours, as are the consequences. A 2006 BusinessWeek survey revealed the average debt-load for college graduates was $30,000. That's a lot of money to owe, particularly if you leave without a meaningful degree.

- Explore. Many of you were fortunate to spend your childhood years in beautiful Routt County, but there's an enormous world beyond the confines of Northwest Colorado. Study abroad. Accept a job offer somewhere entirely foreign to you. Embrace the diversity our planet has to offer, and cherish the opportunities to be seized.

- Life is short and should be enjoyed. Find something you love to do, and do it as best you can. But don't worry if it takes a while to discover your calling. Recognize the positives in everything you do and try, and use them as a guide for your next adventure. Most of all, don't be afraid of change.

- Discover the rewards of being active in your community. Whether it's volunteering at your church, reading to local senior citizens, spending a weekend day working for Habitat for Humanity or serving meals at a homeless shelter, there are few things in life more satisfying than giving of yourself for the benefit of others. Remember all the people who gave their time and money to help make you the person you are today, and pay it forward.

Congratulations, graduates of the Class of 2008. We wish you nothing but the best.

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