Hard work pays off for the Class of 2014

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 04:30 PM.

The smiles told the story. So did the tears. Havelock High School’s 228 seniors are now graduates.

At this point in their young lives, graduation is the biggest accomplishment most of them have had. I’m sure when they entered the school as freshmen that many didn’t even think about the day four years later when they would no longer be tied to the school. Graduation, after all, is a product of time.

But it is also a product of hard work. High school isn’t easy. It comes along right as teenagers start discovering who they are and who they want to be. Sometimes, those ideals clash with the authority figures in high school.

Teens simply want to skip the middle man, if you will, and get to where they want to be. They don’t want to have to endure another year of high school before they can get out and do what they want to do.

But, it’s all part of the process.

I’m often struck by the students who complain that they will never use algebra in their day-to-day lives once they leave school. They question why they have to take the course and why it matters. Heck, I was probably one of those students myself 30 years ago when I was in high school.

And now that I am far removed from high school, I feel I can tell these students the truth. They are right. They are not going to “need” algebra when they are out of high school. I will admit that I don’t use a lot of algebra in my job. It’s not very often I have to solve for X as a newspaper reporter.

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