Sage advice from graduates
High school graduation is definitely one of those “this is the first day of the rest of my life” kind of days. Graduates have had very little sleep and are running on auto pilot’, and at the same time they’re trying to enjoy and remember the day.
Parent committees from Battle Mountain High School and Eagle Valley High School have planned project graduation parties. This is where graduates are treated to a non-drug, non-alcoholic party the night of graduation. Parents at both schools raised a lot of cash and area businesses should be applauded for those contributions. Many area graduates will be safe on graduation night – and many parents will enjoy a good night’s sleep knowing that.
Younger students are admiring the graduates walking across the stage with wonder and awe. Younger siblings and friends are feeling apprehensive about graduates leaving for college or to pursue other interests. Many times, younger siblings experience a feeling of loss and sadness. We have so many successful high school seniors from all of our area schools. I asked some of those seniors from BMHS and EVHS what advice they have for those kids.
Here’s what they had to offer:
Jay Miller from Eagle Valley High School advises, “Work hard and get all of your stuff turned in.” Good advice, considering much of high school success depends are turning in assignments on time and completed.
Josh Henry of Battle Mountain High School expands on that: “Work hard, but at the same time have fun. Balance out work and play.”
Nate King from EVHS agrees: “Never quit and be persistent. But don’t take it too seriously. Divide it up and have some fun.”
Justin Potter from BMHS emphasizes that grades are important if you want to go to college. He encourages kids to have fun but don’t party too much.
Kate Dirker from BMHS also stresses that turning in homework in extremely important: “Have fun, but also have your priorities in order.”
EVHS senior Chris Gamble insists “hard work pays off.” And it does, with scholarship money and just the feeling of a job well done.
EVHS senior Katy Butters advises, “Don’t be afraid to reveal your strongest qualities, even if they stand out like a sore thumb. This is the time to figure out who you are and what you stand for. Distinguish yourself as an individual and not part of a group.”
Lacy Ramunno from EVHS backs that: “Don’t be in a clique. Have an open mind for everyone in the school and be involved in a lot of different things.”
BMHS senior Tomasita Sandoval advises, “Be yourself and don’t give up on your dreams.”
EVHS senior Lars Lueders has advice for the in-coming high school students: “Keep your mouth shut as a freshman.” Lueders has a sister who will be a freshman next year, and I’m wondering if that advice is directed to her. I can’t really see her keeping her opinions to herself, and rightly so.
Jeremy Cook, also of EVHS, explains that all subjects aren’t for everyone: “Make the subject interesting by going out of your way to find a piece of it that IS interesting to you.” Great advice, considering that many courses are mandatory.
BMHS senior Krista Kedrowski also emphasizes that balance is the key to a successful high school career: “It’s important to have fun, but not too much fun. Do your homework and study hard. The pay-off is great if you keep your grades up.”
Chelsey Lewis of EVHS gives inspiring advice: “Every single person is capable of achieving the highest level of success. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. No matter who you are, no matter what has happened in your past, you can reach your goals and dreams. Follow your heart and put your whole heart into everything you do. If you do that, high school will be a piece of cake.”
Congratulations, class of 2002!
Cindy Ramunno’s column appears weekly in the Daily.
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