In the past week, hundreds of students from across the county walked the stage.
Seniors from Seguin, Navarro, Marion, Lifegate and more will have closed that final chapter in their book of life called high school.
They have spent the past dozen or so years learning, studying, reading and applying their knowledge to projects.
They represented their schools, their districts and communities in various ways from playing sports to participating in clubs and organizations.
You have the students who, while earning their high school diploma, earned college credits — some enough to earn an associate’s degree — or certifications for a particular trade in the a variety of fields.
Now, they have the future to look toward.
Some students will head off to college. They attend some as close as Texas Lutheran University or as far as Pratt Institute in New York or the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Some will head straight into military service or to a technical school to learn a skill or trade. Some will enter the workforce and start a whole new life.
Whatever that may be, we applaud you. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are but don’t forget, you still have a long way to go.
Your life is just really starting and the best is yet to come.
Never forget where you come from, or who helped you along the way.
Parents, family, friends, teachers, staff — be sure to thank them for their roles in your educational experiences.
You all have accomplished so much, and there are still so many great things you are destined to do.
Congratulations, Class of 2019!