This past Friday, Rockdale High School seniors participated in their final act as high school students. They are now graduates and are headed to make their mark on our world. They are to be congratulated for their success, as are their parents and the educators that helped guide them to commencement.
They have seen a lot of change since they started their journey. As first graders they experienced national tragedy as a result of the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington DC. In the summer prior to their eighth grade year, Alcoa announced it was closing and laying off over 1,000 employees. T hey a re a lso t he fi rst c lass to complete all four years of high school in a new and modified campus.
Our graduates will be the next generation’s leaders, doctors, lawyers, welders, nurses, computer technicians, salesmen, parents and teachers. They will work in jobs that have not even been invented yet, and they will help prepare the class of 2025 (this year’s Kindergarteners) for their future. I, too, am bidding RISD farewell. I have enjoyed my four and a half years in this community and school district. I wish the best for all of our students, parents, staff and school board. They all are good people and they want and deserve the best education possible.
I appreciate The Rockdale Reporter for allowing me to connect education and school district information with their readers. Their staff is very gracious and accommodating.
It is hard to imagine what the world will be like for the graduates of 2013 and even more so for the class of 2025, but one thing is certain, it will change. So I leave you with a thought from educator Todd Whitaker, “change is inevitable, growth is optional.”