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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Ode to a Grad

June 09, 2010 - The halls were crowded last Thursday morning as the Class of 2010 made their final walk through Clarkston High School.

Then, a flurry of activity to mark their last days of their high school career - a picnic, prom, district games and graduation.

One week celebrating one chapter of lives done and going out into the world.

The graduates have definitely left their prints in the cement for generations to come. From the first football game against Rochester Adams to the Boys Varsity Baseball team scoring seven runs during the sixth inning on Saturday to capture the District title from Fenton's orange paws.

Clarkston High School Marching Band, chosen to perform in England for their New Year's Day celebration.

Naturally with the good comes the bad, the gray clouds covering the soccer field on Saturday and rain poured onto the field - reflecting Clarkston's emotions as the Lady Kickers lost the district title to Rochester Adams.

From the pains come the lessons and a test of who you are, what lies within you, dear seniors.

I could also simply say, the future is yours. But how many times will you hear the four words in the next week.

This is what I say to you as you embark in the next chapter in your life - explore, live every moment and ask questions.

Explore the world when you get the chance - visit different countries, learn different culture.

Undecided going into college or unsure about your next step - do what you love because why would you want to go to a job every day you don't love.

Wherever your journey takes you, keep us updated at The Clarkston News. We want to hear what you are up to and what you are doing.

A special thanks to Jeff Turner - during his busy senior year he helped us with sports when I couldn't be two places at once.

Good luck to the Class of 2010!

You did it!

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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