From the Publisher 5/11/17

A new chapter of life is coming
By: 
DAVID KEYES
Laurel Outlook publisher

I had a sneak peek at the Laurel High School Class of 2017 this week.
It felt good to sit down and just admire photos of all the graduates and to reflect for a moment that all of us were in a graduating class in high school at one time and that those 17- and 18-year-old kids are really just beginning life’s journey.
The Outlook is putting together our annual Senior Salute special section that will be included in next week’s paper. In it is graduation photos from all of Laurel, Park City and Joliet high schools.
And with that publication and the graduation photos and stories to follow, a chapter in the lives of these graduates and their families closes.
LHS does a good job recognizing and promoting success. During a school assembly this week, the school recognized the many scholarship recipients. On Wednesday, the soon to be graduates walked through the elementary schools. This Saturday is Grad Day at MasterLUBE, next Wednesday is a free breakfast for the graduates and then Sunday – GRADUATION DAY – is here.
The longer you are out of high school the more focused your memories are of those four years. Immediately after graduation, classmates begin on their own paths. For some, their hometown fits them just right and they choose to stay here and make a difference. Others pursue the military or college and some just kind of fade away.
As I look at the photos, I see young men and women we have invited to Rotary over the years. I see soccer athletes whom I have refereed. I see choir members, kids who were in the school play, many of the athletes and just good kids I have had the pleasure of bumping into or featuring as a Student Achiever, or Big Brother, Big Sister volunteer.
Our best Outlooks are the ones chock full of our local students doing good things.
As the Class of 2017 prepares to go through commencement, we old people remind you to take your last few minutes to look around and really enjoy your classmates.
Class of 2017, I join everyone you have ever known in wishing you nothing but the best in the future. As a community we have paid for your education in hopes our investment propels you to great things.
The rest is up to you.
This chapter is about to close on your lives and there is nothing you can do to rewrite what has happened before today. The good news is you are the author of the next chapter and the many chapters of your life’s book to follow.
Make it a good read.

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.

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