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Seeds are being planted, tassels are turning and there is pomp and emotional circumstance in the air this time of year as we celebrate a season of new beginnings.
Graduation season is in full swing now, with Giltner High’s Class of 2015 already having crossed the stage Sunday. Senior honorees from Hampton and High Plains will take center stage Saturday, with Aurora’s commencement exercises on the calendar for the following weekend. Add in all the local ties to college graduations near and far and you get a month full of milestones and memories for our extended community.
The News-Register staff feels a shared sense of pride with all the parents, teachers and area communities in Hamilton County, having covered these young people as they grew and blossomed in recent years. Pulling up a front row seat to that coming of age process is in fact one of the highlights of this business.
Whether they realize it or not, the youth of our community bring a sense of unity that is vital to small-town life. They breathe energy and enthusiasm into our families and towns, whether it’s on the field of competition, up on stage under the lights, in speech and music competitions or whatever they do. That energy is contagious in communities that are proud to be the home of the Huskies, Hawks, Hornets and Storm.
Now that another group of seniors has reached this pinnacle in their lives it’s worthwhile to hit the pause button and recognize their achievements. It’s a proud day for all.
We tip our hat as well to the many residents and former residents who have or will be celebrating college graduations across the state and nation. We echo your joy, and relish the opportunity to share that news with our readers.
It’s more than fitting that mothers share in the spotlight this weekend as well, and we add our thanks and good wishes to all the special moms who provide the glue for family life. Take a moment to make sure your mom knows how much she means to you.
Congratulations, graduates and moms.
Indeed, we have much to celebrate this time of year.
Kurt Johnson

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