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Carlson column: A month of lasts

One thing I hear every year from students is, “I wish I would have thanked so and so.” Like I said, the time will go quickly, so do it now. It’s great to let people know how much they mean to you before you start your next adventure.

A group of Superior students exit the Minneapolis Institute of Art with their teacher Andy Wolfe
A group of Superior High School students exits the Minneapolis Institute of Art with their teacher Andy Wolfe, in the blue jacket, on Friday, April 29, 2022. For some of the students, it was the last field trip of their high school careers.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — In a world that is quick to celebrate firsts, let’s remember to take in the importance of celebrating a few lasts.

Seniors, I'm talking to you.

For the next few weeks it's going to be a whole lot of lasts for you: last tests, last bus rides, last field trips, last concerts, last favorite lunches, last days with some kids you’ve been with for the past 13 years.

Now I’m not going to pretend that everything about school is great, but I also know it's not the worst thing you’ll ever have to do—and I bet some parts you may actually kind of like.

Your last month or so is going to go quick. There's lot to do before you don that cap and gown, I get it. But I’m hoping you can do me one little favor, one homework assignment of sorts: I want you to remember to thank the people who have made your time at school better. The custodians, office staff, bus drivers, trainers, principals, lunch staff, librarians, councilors, teachers—anyone who made your time at school a little brighter.

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One thing I hear every year from students is, “I wish I would have thanked so and so.” Like I said, the time will go quickly, so do it now. It’s great to let people know how much they mean to you before you start your next adventure.

And fifth and eighth graders, I see you. You're moving schools as well; you probably have some people to thank, too.

Now back to you, seniors: you’ve got about a month left to make a few more memories that might just last a lifetime. And this one simple assignment.

Congrats (almost) graduates. Enjoy everything your last weeks have to offer!

Jed Carlson is a photographer with the Superior Telegram.

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Jed Carlson joined the Superior Telegram in February 2001 as a photographer. He grew up in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, then from Minnesota State Moorhead with a major in mass communications with an emphasis in photojournalism.
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