Best wishes to our 2013 graduates familiesGraduation from high school is a time-honored passage from being a child to becoming a young adult. In the coming weeks, more than 60,000 of Wisconsin’s high school seniors will graduate from our public schools, ready to take their next steps.
By: Tony Evers, Superior Telegram
Graduation from high school is a time-honored passage from being a child to becoming a young adult. In the coming weeks, more than 60,000 of Wisconsin’s high school seniors will graduate from our public schools, ready to take their next steps. Some will join the workforce or the military, most will seek further education at two- and four-year colleges and universities. Their families and teachers have guided them to this moment.
Graduates, regardless of what your next steps will be, remember those who helped you get this far. Your success depended on your own hard work and the support of parents and family members. They listened as you learned to read, helped you master math facts and spelling words, and provided insight as you developed plans for the future. Honor them. You also benefited from the expertise of your teachers and those who work in our schools. From office staff and food service workers to custodians, educators, and administrators, the opportunities you had to learn were a united effort by teachers and other school personnel. Thank them.
As you move ahead in life, remember your beginnings. This is a great state to live in and build a future. If you leave your hometown, remember where you came from. It will keep you grounded and give you purpose. If you leave Wisconsin, remember the Badger State. We are fierce fighters who don’t give up. We follow our state motto: Forward. If you travel abroad, remember your nation. Our freedoms are precious and the envy of many other countries.
My upbringing in Plymouth exposed me to hard-working people who cared about their own kids and the kids next door and across town. It was a community that valued honesty and compassion. My experiences growing up in Plymouth helped me become who I am today. I treasure that.
As state superintendent, I travel around Wisconsin, to other parts of our nation, and occasionally to foreign countries. I must say, I’m always glad to be home. Travel reminds me of the similarities among people everywhere. We share a need to be happy and to make a difference. Consider that for a life goal.
There’s a saying many educators and parents share as we watch our young charges leave for their next adventures: Give them roots. Give them wings. Our graduates are ready to soar into the future. Join me in wishing them well.
Tony Evers is the state superintendent for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.