Opinion

EDITORIAL | The future is in your hands, graduates

Congratulations to more than 580 seniors — the South Kitsap High School Class of 2013 — who received their diplomas Tuesday night.

Graduation marks the culmination of 13 years (or more) of hard work to learn your ABCs, math, science and history.

Your diplomas were possible through dedication and encouragement of parents, family and friends.

Many of the graduates were inspired by teachers — elementary, middle or high school. We salute all of the South Kitsap School District educators who put in long hours and endure the challenges of teaching students. They must have been proud to watch their former students walk across the stage and into the future.

Many of you will pursue higher education and attend the some of the nation’s best colleges and universities, while others will attend vocational schools. Some will opt for military service and some will enter the job market — which can be scary at times.

You will be not only parents, but future doctors, lawyers, soldiers, public servants, researchers, police officers, and even teachers and principals. You have unlimited potential to change your world.

Be safe and responsible as you move on to the phase of your life. The future is in your hands and the work is just beginning.

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Don’t forget to honor your dad this Sunday on Father’s Day.

Fathers are not perfect. They have the uneasy job of juggling work and family, which at times can be more demanding.

I was blessed to have a father who worked hard, but still had time for his three children. He was a stern disciplinarian, but he also was a loving father and husband.

Even though he passed away from my life 19 years ago, I can still hear him talk and laugh. I still miss him. He was a great father.

A simple card or letter, a hug or spending time with your dad can go a long way. This best gift you can give is a little appreciation.

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Last Thursday, the SKSD recognized teachers and employees for their 25 years of service or retirement.

The entertainment by the high school jazz choir was great, but the remainder of the program was cumbersome. Nearly an hour and a half later, the board convened the remainder of the meeting into the school library.

Waiting for nearly 90 minutes for a school board meeting is no fun for people who want to address the board or provide coverage of the meeting.

Perhaps recognizing teachers and employees during a special event would be more appropriate. Maybe more people would attend.

Just a suggestion.

 

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