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Editor's Voice: Some ancient wisdom for high school graduates

Posted 5/28/13

Congratulations, high school graduates! You truly have arrived at the gateway to adulthood. You’ll be reminded of that over and over, in speeches by valedictorians and superintendents, in plaudits from parents and teachers and principals and aunts …

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Editor's Voice: Some ancient wisdom for high school graduates

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They’re right. Your graduation marks the beginning of your future, one you will forge. Your freedom will grow – the freedom to determine your own life, to make it worth something.

Inside this edition of the Press And Journal are the pictures of seniors at Middletown Area, Lower Dauphin and Steelton-Highspire high schools poised to seize their future. Seize it with passion. And remember how it feels. Never forget that excitement. Never lose that desire to make your life as great as it can be, whether your future plans include college, the military, or work.

Life is what you make it. Make it worthwhile. Enjoy it. Don’t waste it.

Graduates will hear an array of speeches and inspirational messages, with the messengers quoting inspirational quotes from Albert Einstein, Vince Lombardi, President Barack Obama, politicians and inventors and celebrities and authors and sports stars. Pause for a while to remember the great times of your high school career – the lessons, the friendships. You deserve that moment. You’ve earned it.

When you’re done – when the last cheers you’ve shared with your classmates have echoed into the stratosphere, when the last graduation party guests have left – remember these wise words from Confucius, words so wise they’ve echoed through centuries.

“Wherever you go,’’ Confucius said, “go with all your heart.’’

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