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Wendi's Word
Wendi’s Word A column by Wendi Reardon

June 13, 2012

It is just a natural part of life every day you meet someone new - unless you are a hermit. Then maybe you don't.

If you are lucky enough, the good people stay with you or at least leave an impression on you.

As a reporter, I feel lucky to meet new people every day and to hear their stories. If I am fortunate enough I also get the opportunity to tell their stories.

The Clarkston community lost a valued member a few weeks ago, 10-year-old Ryan Kennedy. He was a strong young man who battled a form of brain cancer called Ependymoma for five years.

I met him in November 2010 and he left a lasting impression on me. I don't know if it was his sparkling eyes. Or his quiet smile with his lips curled up just slightly but seemed to have so much happiness behind it. Maybe it was his creativity as he sat at the dining room table writing and drawing when I met him. Us creative people can spot our own kind.

He had a spark. It was a spark igniting not only family, friends and classmates but an entire community through fundraisers, tweeting about Ryan and to the athletic fields. The boys lacrosse players wore wristbands for him. The girls lacrosse players wore gray ribbons in their hair and worked as a team to win their games for him.

Just meeting Ryan Kennedy I feel a little bit braver. To look fear in the eye and take it on.

We also said goodbye to the Class of 2012 - all of the high school graduates. You were just starting eighth grade when I started here - I feel like you are the class I know the most.

Congratulations to all of you! You have come a long way and will continue to go a long way.

My words of wisdom as you head to college: be wary getting a credit card. Do not procrastinate - just finish it right away though caffeine will be great on a late night, sleep is so much better.

Along those lines, be careful of vending machines and food places on campus - quick is great but the freshman 15 is nasty.

As for life - take a vacation.

And remember to keep us updated - we want to know all the awesome things you are doing.