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Fertile seeds for success

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

Another crop of high school and college graduates has grown to harvest.

Today, Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain high schools mark the peak of the season for Eagle County with their commencements. Red Canyon High’s was Friday; Vail Christian High and Vail Mountain High had theirs earlier this month. Congratulations to the graduates, and to their folks who had a little something with getting their students to this point.

Harvest is an appropriate image. It suggests full growth and the fruits of maturity. It also bears the promise for the future as the harvest is put to use for the betterment of society at large.

Of course, we’re not talking about corn here. These are our children, making that passage to adulthood. And with the snap of a finger, they become mere sprouts just about as fast as the graduation festivities end and the next, bigger step looms.

But let’s not dwell on that just yet. Enjoy the moment. Graduating from high school is no small feat. Two to three students out of 10 don’t make it, even today in an age when education counts big for the future.

Of those who do go to to higher education, less than half will earn a degree. That makes the college grad a rare commodity, and much more so with master’s and Ph.d’s.

Our sons and daughters who have graduated this spring from college have really accomplished something, and they give our entire community plenty of reason to take pride in them.

Statistically, high school grads earn more and contribute more to society at large than non-grads. And college graduates do more yet, and more yet with each next level up this scale.

So, high school grads, higher education is not for everyone. But it is a defining sign of achievement in later life. Just to plant a seed.

” Don Rogers for the Editorial Board


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