Seniors of 2018,
Congratulations! You have reached a very important milestone in your life. Leaving Morgan County High School with a high school diploma is a very special day for you and your family. Numerous adults have worked tirelessly to help you achieve this moment. Alex Haley, an American writer and the author of the book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, wrote, “ Anytime you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” The support you receive from all aspects of this school system and community has been significant in helping you reach your milestone.
The next chapter of your life is beginning. You will leave the Morgan County High School campus as alumni. The celebrations, which occur this weekend, represent the importance your family places on your accomplishment. However, Monday morning will come and you will begin the next chapter in your life. Begin this journey with confidence that you are prepared. Your academic foundation has been built. Use this foundation as the building block for your future endeavors. Be prepared to seek wisdom and advice of those who have traveled this road. Be reflective on what stirs your soul and spirit. Define what success will mean for you and dive into this chapter with excitement and anticipation.
I challenge you to keep in mind the need to serve others. A line in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) motto states, “Living to Serve”. Allow your life to model that of being a servant to others. Reflect on those around you and be intentional in finding opportunities to help those who are less fortunate than you – These efforts will help you to always recognize and appreciate your own blessings.
I recently visited the Theodore Roosevelt Monument in Washington, DC. I read a quote inscribed on a monument wall and reflected on the Class of 2018. “Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars. But remember to keep your feet on the ground. Courage, hard work, self-mastery and intelligent effort are all essential for successful life. Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
Again, I wish you success. The little things in life will help set the foundation for your greatness! Always practice the professional skills you have been taught and remember to give a good firm handshake and make good eye contact.
Congratulations on your graduation from Morgan County Charter School System.