SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Thoughts on graduation day

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

In the next week to 10 days members of the Class of 2013 will take a final stroll across their high school campuses. And then, in one final short stroll across a stage to receiver their diploma and with a flip of the tassel they will be high school graduates.

It is a scene that is repeated hundreds of thousands of times each year and lifelong friends and teammates go their separate ways.

I graduated from high school on May 29, 1976, which was 37 years ago today and I still recall those feelings of youthful excitement and, yes, fear.

I believe each of us want to leave a legacy of some sort at our different stops along the way. The unspoken desire to have that legacy is what drives some students in sports, others in the arts and many to be the best they can academically.

The best of the best of those students excel in multiple areas as they shine on in academics and athletics while still finding time to reach out and mentor elementary and middle school students through their church or some civic organization. It's hard not to admire these young men and women that do so many things well.

For other students just being a part of the team is their greatest legacy. Let's face it, some of us aren't designed for what the world considers greatness in sports, the arts or academics.

But just because a student can't be the leading man in the school play doesn't mean his part in helping build the sets is any less important to the play.

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