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A New Horizon

May 23, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

These past two Sundays have brought about a new beginning and an ending for many young people in our area as they donned cap and gown and received their diplomas. While graduation ceremonies mark the end of the first 13 years of education for these young people, they also mark the start of a grand new adventure; the first steps down the road to new horizons for the new graduates.

For many of our area graduates, the next step they will take will be to continue their education at college or a technical school to learn a profession, or to obtain more education for higher pursuits. To those, we offer our best wishes for their continued success in their ongoing pursuits.

For some, service in branches of the military are the next step in their lives. To those young men and women, we offer our prayers for their safety and our deepest gratitude for making the choice to serve our country and defending our freedoms.

There are some who will enter the job market upon graduation, putting the skills and education they received to use right away. For those, we offer our heartiest wishes for your success and happiness as you pursue your dreams.

It's been a few years since I?walked across the stage at Graettinger High School to receive my diploma, and I reflected back on that day recently, as I?was writing a news story on the Commencement season in the county. I recalled that as a senior, I had decided I was going to continue my education by pursuing a degree in Music Education, as I?had been very active in high school music in both instrumental and vocal fields. But, like many other students, when I arrived at college, I?found there were many, many other areas of the world that I'd never really considered for professions, and soon I?found myself gravitating towards journalism and photography, and I eventually received my Associate of Arts Degree.

I've been involved in some facet of journalism, primarily the print media, with a year and a half in broadcast radio, for somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 years now. Do I?ever second-guess my career path? I'd be lying if I said no - there are days when the old summer job of fry-cook sounds pretty appealing, but then, everyone has those days.

In one of the Commencement addresses in Emmetsburg on Sunday, Kayla Joyce summed it up perfectly. "Have the courage to listen to your heart and intuition - they somehow already know what you want to become."

As I thought about those words, I looked around the gym and noticed there were several heads nodding in agreement with the statement. When you stop and think about it, it makes perfect sense.

To all of our graduates: We have watched you all grow and become adults. Along the way, you have provided us with moments of great joy, pride and community involvement. We have shared in your successess and supported your disappointments. It is our hope, as your peers, that you will always hold a special place in your hearts and minds for your hometowns, your families and friends, and that on the road to new horizons, you never forget the route to come back home. You'll always be welcome!



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