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Real world awaits for grads

The real world beckons.That may be a little dramatic, but for high school seniors, it’s an exciting and sometimes intimidating fact of life.Graduation season is upon us. Today, Yampah Mountain High School will have its graduation and on Sunday Rifle High School will be handing over more than 175 diplomas at its 2 p.m. ceremony. Next weekend the Roaring Fork School District high schools and Grand Valley will hold their ceremonies.Every year hundreds of seniors from throughout the region will head off to college, get jobs or tackle other adult ventures. This is their first step into the real world.New responsibilities, new expectations, new challenges and new horizons await the classes of 2006.Excitement and fear will grab many graduates. That’s part of growing up.The first step into adulthood is indeed exciting, but it also offers great mystery. The unknown can be unnerving, but that’s the real world. The new challenges that lie ahead will test each and every graduate. Mistakes will be made. But they will make you stronger. Successes will be part of that journey, and they too will offer great lessons.Each hurdle will be a test, just like many days in high school. Every time a hurdle is cleared, take pride and relish in that success; however, in the real world, the next hurdle will come faster.For the classes of 2006, high school is complete and will now only reside in your memories.The future is yours and it’s up to you what you will make of it. It sounds daunting but remember, you control your destiny. It’s your decisions that will influence your life. How you handle adversity and challenges will shape your character.The future is suddenly now – embrace it, enjoy it, and prepare for the challenges because they will come. Mostly, graduates, learn from those challenges because they will make you stronger and help bring fulfillment to your life.Good luck graduates, the real world awaits.


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