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Our View: Routt County high school seniors turning a page

Routt County is halfway through its monthlong graduation season, with Hayden, Soroco and Heritage Christian having already handed diplomas to this year's graduating class. It's a rite of passage that will continue during the next two weekends at The Lowell Whiteman School, Steamboat Springs High School and Yampa Valley School.

Members of the Class of 2013 enter the next chapter of their lives at a challenging time in our nation and world. The U.S. and global economies remain on shaky ground as they slowly emerge from the depths of recession. Armed conflict and terrorism continue to grip many countries, including our own.

But there is much good in our world, too, as well as much to be excited about. Technological advancements and innovation push along at seemingly warp speed, promising hope for the future in areas as wide ranging as health care and personal entertainment. Information — and with it, knowledge — are available at a moment's notice and often with just the swipe of a finger. Many of today's grads will find success in jobs that don't even exist today. What could possibly better underscore the promise of the future?

Today, however, it's also worth focusing on the successes many of our graduating seniors already have achieved. For some members of the Class of 2013, a high school diploma will represent the pinnacle of their formal schooling while offering the freedom to enter the workforce and begin their lives as independent adults.

For others, graduation is a stepping stone to future degrees, whether from a technical or trade school, a two-year college or a four-year university. And some of those students will march on even further, eventually attaining master's degrees and doctorates en route to their chosen career paths.

Regardless of their paths and ambitions, we wish the best for each of Routt County's graduating seniors. They have been raised in a community that cares deeply for its children, and although they might not realize it, they were blessed to have spent their formative years in one of the most beautiful and safest places on Earth. We hope that they go out into the world and achieve great things and that they never forget the people and places who help them along the way.

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Congratulations, Class of 2013.

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