Editorial: Congratulations, Class of ’13
It’s a time of high expectations. Family and friends come from far and wide to share in the joy. But, in a wider sense, it is the entire community that comes together to celebrate the accomplishment of these young men and women as they graduate high school.
This past Saturday, 433 Gloucester High School students crossed the stage at William and Mary Hall to receive their diplomas. This Saturday, it’s the turn for some 89 Mathews High School students, as they hold their service in the school’s Harry M. Ward Auditorium.
These graduates represent our hope for the future. Some will head off to college, while others plan to stay closer to home, either to receive technical training, to explore their options in a community college setting or to go straight into the workforce. Still others have their sights set on a career in the military. While some intend to return home once their schooling is complete, others have dreams that will take them far from Gloucester and Mathews counties.
It’s an exciting time, full of promise and possibility. Many challenges lie ahead, there are many obstacles they have yet to face and overcome. We at the Gazette-Journal have been privileged to have witnessed many of the accomplishments of these graduates—from their birth announcements, through elementary school plays, sporting events, academic successes and myriad other milestones in their lives.
Graduation is just one more step on this long road. As they take that step, wherever they may go, the members of the Class of 2013 can take along the best wishes of the Gazette-Journal.