Pomp and circumstance PDF E-mail

Turning tassels. Tipping hats. Flipping the page and moving forward.

Transition is indeed in the air these days, with lots of pomp and celebratory circumstance permeating our community.

It’s graduation season, which is always an exciting time for graduates, their families and all those near and dear in a circle of influence who helped the honorees reach this significant milestone.

Giltner High School’s graduating class kicked the season off in early May, as is their custom, with Hampton and High Plains celebrating commencement this past Saturday. Aurora’s Class of 2014 will be on center stage this weekend, wrapping up a full calendar of local high school graduations.

The News-Register staff feels a shared sense of pride with all the parents, teachers and area communities in Hamilton County, having covered these young people as they grew and blossomed in recent years. Having a front row seat to that ongoing process is in fact one of the perks of this business.

Whether they realize it or not, the youth of our community bring a sense of oneness that is vital to small-town life. They breathe energy and enthusiasm into our towns, whether it’s on the field of competition, up on stage under the lights, in speech and music competitions or whatever they do. That energy is contagious, frankly, spreading in communities that are proud to be the home of the Huskies, Hornets, Hawks and Storm.

Now that another group of seniors has reached this pinnacle it’s important to hit the pause button and recognize their achievements. It’s a proud day for all, as it should be.

We tip our hat as well to the many residents and former residents who have or will be celebrating college graduations across the state and nation. That important milestone brings the next generation to a most exciting time in their life as they embark on their new careers. We couldn’t be prouder, and relish the opportunity to share that news with our readers.

Congratulations graduates, one and all. We tip our hat as you turn your tassel, thanking you for giving so much of yourselves to your school and hometown, and wishing you the very best in the next phase of life.

As Hampton senior Ethan Smith so appropriately pointed out during his Saturday address: “Commence, the base word of commencement, is only the beginning of great things to come.”

Kurt Johnson

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