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Congrats, good luck to 2011 grads

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By The Staff

Take a good look at this week’s Graduation 2011 special section. It’s full of the graduates from all four county high schools, as well as Carolina Christian Academy.
In each school’s section, you’ll read about their top scholars, who will address their classmates as valedictorian and salutatorian at graduation ceremonies – today for the four county schools and June 3 for Carolina Christian.
After their speeches, the 733 members of the Class of 2011 will make that momentous walk to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” to receive their high school diplomas.
Later, they’ll toss those mortar boards high into the air as they celebrate their graduation with the friends, family, teachers and administrators who helped them along the way.  
This year’s graduates have worked hard to get to this moment – the day when they can look back on the last 12 years of science projects, field trips and tests and be proud of what they have accomplished.
We encourage each graduate to share that pride with your families and friends – laugh, cry and hug your classmates tight one last time.
Take time to reminisce with them before you move onto the next stage of your life, whether you plan to go on to college, join the military or go straight to work.
Whatever you do, we encourage you to set high goals and never give up.
Enjoy your graduation festivities now, but then prepare to buckle down to pursuing your post-high school goals, whatever they may be.
There are so many opportunities awaiting you. Strive to make wise choices and don’t be discouraged when things don’t always go right. Mistakes happen, but if you learn from them, they can be valuable.
Never stop learning; education is a life-long process.
In the spirit of those who helped you, give back to your  community. Find successful mentors and follow their guidance.
High school graduation is one of life’s big milestones. It is an exciting time – a time for celebration. Maybe you’ll celebrate with a trip to the beach or a big party. Whatever you do, we encourage you to celebrate safely.Don’t drink and drive and be sure to wear your seatbelt on your journey. There’s more life to come after graduation.
That’s why they call it commencement – a chapter in your life is over, but there’s a whole new world ahead.
There will be more challenges, but that’s what makes celebrations, like your graduation day that much sweeter.
We congratulate all of Lancaster County high school graduates and those who have supported them these past 12 years. We are proud of each and every one of you.
Savor the moment, Class of 2011, and we wish you the best of luck in the days to come.