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Our View: Havasu has a lot to celebrate as its high school grads move on

May 22, 2019

Last week 112 Lake Havasu City teenagers hit pay dirt — to the tune of $5.2 million.

The money was awarded in the form of scholarships at Lake Havasu High School’s Evening of Excellence for students in the Class of 2019.

These students are the cream of the crop, and for their efforts they are getting a pretty good financial head start. It’s a valuable lesson from the Book of Life: Earnings equal effort.

The scholarships, whether for college or the military, are a testament to the commitment to excellence these students have shown throughout their high school experience.

But they’re not the only ones who deserve congratulations. On Thursday, the high school will send off its latest batch of newly minted alumni into the world. (And they’ll do it in style as the first class to graduate from the new football field at Lee Barnes Stadium)

To all of these students, we join your community in offering our warmest congratulations. You worked hard to get high grades, sacrificed your free time and remain focused in order to achieve your lofty goals.

These are winning habits that will last a lifetime. Life is a long game, and you’re just getting started in the right direction.

Also, an enthusiastic tip of the hat to parents of these terrific students. You parented in such a way that your children could develop their talents. It’s a precious gift and a firm foundation for your kids’ futures. Good job.

The teachers who inspired these students also deserve applause. Beyond the daily rigors of teaching, you looked closely at these kids, exploring how the pieces fit. You envisioned who each student was meant to be, sized up their gifts and determined what came naturally and what needed a push.

Perhaps the best news of all is that the scholarship winners will eventually obtain higher degrees but won’t be saddled with the crushing debt of student loans.

Commencement is just around the corner. It is the graduates’ turn to shine, and shine they will.

As for the rest of us, we now have a solid answer when we hear people say, “What’s this world coming to?” We can tell them, it’s coming to our Havasu students.

— Today’s News-Herald

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