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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor


2017 Graduation

Just in case you hadn't heard, Grenada High School graduation takes place this Friday night! Parents and grandparents, friends, teachers, administrators, and a host of other well-wishers will gather at 7:00p.m. at GHS Charger Stadium to give a hearty sendoff to approximately 230 graduating seniors.

Although it's been 16 years since my own daughter graduated from GHS, each year I still feel pride for the accomplishments of the graduates. High school can be tough, emotionally and intellectually. Some students seem to breeze through with no issues or hardships whatsoever, while others face daily struggles. Though each student's journey may differ, the end goal is the same – GRADUATION! It's not just a word, it's an achievement that not everyone obtains, and in today's world, it's a BIG achievement.

This year, I feel as if I have two of my own children walking the field on graduation night. I have seen these two girls in class almost every school day of their high school career. One recently wrote to me in a sweet note that I had helped raise her – and I certainly feel like she is mine. These two girls endeared themselves to me during their freshman year, and have served on my annual staff for the past three years. They will be deeply missed next year, not only by me, but by the rest of the annual staff as well. I know that they have incredible futures ahead. The drive and motivation they have shown at GHS will serve them well in the years to come.

I have struggled with the words to tell these girls how proud I am of them. I woke up about 4:00a.m. the other morning with the words in my brain and had to leap out of bed to jot them down before they disappeared. I realize this sounds strange, but since college, most of my writing comes this way – all at once and in a hurry. If I don't write it down immediately, I will lose it! My writing included a short poem, and I realized that my sentiment included all the other seniors as well, so I am sharing it now -

Follow your dreams to where they lead.
Obstacles will come, but take no heed.
- Beware of envy, hate, and greed -
You've got what it takes to reach the sky;
Unfurl your wings, and go fly high!

Join me and the rest of the faculty, staff, and administration as we watch our seniors spread their wings in anticipation of adulthood this Friday evening at GHS Charger Stadium.

Gates open at 5:30p.m. No balloons, noise makers, or other items of this type will be allowed in the stadium. Please do not save seats as seating is limited and usually at capacity. Graduation begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Please be in place at this time so everyone can enjoy the experience comfortably. Congratulations Class of 2017!