They lined up in their caps and gown and strolled across the stage to pick up their high school diploma as their full name was called over the public address system.
While parents and grandparents swelled with pride as their graduate’s last name was called, we need to be reminded this is a community event the entire county should be proud of.
I hope we realize the No.1 product of this community is not pine trees, furniture or sweet potatoes. The No. 1 product of Chickasaw County is quality young men and women.
These graduates are the future of Okolona, Houston, Houlka and Woodland. The Class of 2014 will shape and mold our destiny more than we ever dreamed.
We are so proud of our 2014 graduates. This newspaper even put out a special Graduation edition to mark this event.
Our graduates have accomplished a lot in the past 12-years.
The Chickasaw Journal has published the names of some of our graduates over and over.
Football, baseball, basketball, FFA, honor rolls, plays, community events and much more. Your pictures and accomplishments have graced the pages of the Chickasaw Journal for the past year. Those events were clipped and turned into refrigerator art in your home and posted on the bulletin board at church week after week.
Some have scrapbooks carefully kept by mom or a favorite family relative.
We encourage our 2014 graduates to savor these moments. You will look back on them in 12 short years and wonder where the time went.
To the class of 2014 I say thanks for the memories.
The hometown high school environment has suited most of you well. Now you move on to another phase in your life.
We do hope you realize that your education never stops.
Sure, you’re headed to college or good-paying jobs, but even with a college degree and steady work you must set your mind to continue to learn all you can before the candle goes out.
Many of you will move to far away places and enjoy careers and success beyond your wildest dreams. Some will stay around here and lead immensely satisfying lives in a community that has taught you well and expect nothing less than your very best.
In both situation we hope you realize this community has shaped you and will continue to shape your choices and dreams.
They say education is the only crop that is planted in the fall and harvested in the spring.
From the looks of things in Chickasaw County this year, it looks like we have a bumper-crop.
That is something our entire community can be proud of.
Floyd Ingram is Managing Editor/News for the Chickasaw Journal. He can be reached at 456-3771 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org