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Letter to the Editor

Writer Congratulates the graduating Class of 2008

web posted June 9, 2008
Dear Editor,
Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2008!  Since early May through the mid-June, graduates will have the good fortune (some would say misfortune) of receiving a lot of advice and hearing even more speeches.  I would love to be able to tell graduates the secrets to financial success, marital bliss and wisdom beyond belief, but let’s be realistic – most of the graduates wouldn’t hear it or read it if it were made available.  I simply would like to leave every graduate with this poem.  Parents please help by reading it to your K-4 & K-5 graduates.

Race For Your Life

Here you stand with the task completed.
The battle was long, but the enemy defeated.
At times you felt as though you’d never make it.
How often you wanted to quit, feeling that you couldn’t take it.

Triumphantly, the finish line you approach.
Encouragement echoes from those you love most.
This race is over; So glad to be finished.
Fading energy now slowly replenished.

But, you persevered and endured to the end.
To receive your reward, you extend your hand.
They clap, they cheer.  They wish for you the best.
They come bearing gifts, to acknowledge your success.

Pride and relief are now your garments,
even if only for a fleeting moment.
For just as you begin to drink in the praise,
A new set of runners prepares for a race.

You’ve barely had time to catch your breath,
before a new race begins and the timer reset.
The new finish line is not yet in sight,
But push, persevere it’s the Race of your Life.

Take from the commencement speeches what you will; use it however you like.  But always keep racing for your goals.  Be Young!  Have Fun!

As the Graduating class of 2008, if you could impart words of wisdom to those young people following in your footsteps, what words would you share with them? 
How would you encourage other students to keep marching on?  What words do you have for that student who is so close to graduation but ready to drop out? 
Whether you have much to say or you would just like to keep it short & simple, send me your thoughts and I will do all that I can to empower other young people.  Send your words of encouragement to me at youngworld@charter.net or via mail to the newspaper.  Please include your name and your graduating school. 

JC Dinkins
Spartanburg, SC

Editor's note: The writer is a former resident of Johnston, SC.



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