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Dear Graduates of 2016

Congratulations Seniors of 2016.  Your graduation from Morgan County High School represents a great milestone in your life..  You should be proud of this recognition and your accomplishments.  While being proud, you should also be grateful for the level of support and encouragement you have received from your family, friends, teachers, and especially the Morgan County community.  We are very proud of you and wish you many successes in your future endeavors.

Now that you are a Morgan County High School Alumnus, you enter into the next chapter of your life.  The next phase of your life will require you to set goals, objectives and strategies for the future. The saying, “No one rises to low expectations” should set forth a desire to establish high expectations for yourself and the accomplishments you will achieve.  Our community looks forward to what you will become and accomplish in life.

As you proceed forward with your life, always remember your responsibility for service.  You leave the halls of Morgan County High School prepared to become a contributing member of society.  Your contribution back to society will come in many forms.  However, remind yourself to stay engaged in the education of young people in your community.  Whether you serve as a volunteer, chaperone, mentor or sponsor make a point to make the difference in the life of a young person through education.

And finally, I challenge you to personally reach out and say “Thank You.”  Express your gratitude for the people in your life who have supported you through your past 13 years of formal education.  Your family has been foundational to your success.  They have solidified the core values which you live by daily.  Also express your appreciation to the administration, teachers and staff of ALL of your schools.  Teachers in  grades pre-k through 12th have all played a critical role in your success.  Pick up the phone and call or make a personal visit to express your “Thanks” for the positive difference they made in your life.

Again, I wish you success in your many endeavors.  Always practice the professional skills you have been taught and remember to give a good firm handshake and make good eye contact.  The little things in life will help set the foundation for your greatness!  As the Tim McGraw song states, “Always stay humble and kind.”


James R. Woodard,


Morgan County

Charter School System

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