The Class of 2011

This Sunday marks the commencement ceremonies at Clinton Highschool and many other area high schools will hold graduation ceremonies this week and next.

I would like to congratulate all area highschool graduating seniors on their previous accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in future endeavors. 

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of my highschool graduation and my class will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this summer.  I remember high school graduation as if it were yesterday and in honor of those about to graduate let me share a few bits of knowledge I’ve gained over the past 20 years.

I know it’s easy to want to put high school and youth behind you but be careful what you wish for; life really does get harder. 

Over the course of the next few years you will begin to realize that your parents were right far more often than they were wrong.

Some of those BFF’s you hug after graduation and make a pact to stay in touch with forever really aren’t your BFF.  You will keep in touch with some and lose touch with others and it’s likely you’ve yet to meet your BFF.

Your exploits and conquests seem like a big deal now and like a lot of those “big deals” in high school; they really aren’t.

Some of the things that you think matter, really don’t.

Trust me on this one; in years to come you’ll look back and say to yourself “What was I thinking?”.

Trust me on this one too; you will know when you are truly an adult because “Wow, that’s really cool” will be replaced with “Wow, that’s really stupid”.

Tell your highschool teachers “Thank you”, there will come a day when you wished you had and you may never again have the opportunity.

Tell your parents “Thank you”, there will come a day when you wished you had and you may never again have the opportunity.

Tell your parents “Congratulations”, your graduation is a big deal to you but its  an even bigger deal to them.  They’ve worked harder than you’ll ever know to make this day possible.

When you are trying to decide what you are going to do with the rest of your life be open-minded.  The world is full of possibilities many of which you are not yet aware of.

Put a few highschool pictures, yearbooks and notes from classmates in a box and in 2031, when preparing for your 20 year reunion, pull them out and look at them.  When you’re 38 years old and you can’t eat what you want because it’s hard to keep off the pounds, you look in the mirror and see grey hair (or in my case no hair) and you have kids of your own to worry about – you’ll need a laugh and that box of high school mementos will provide that laugh and you’ll wonder how in the world you turned into a normal, productive citizen.

Good luck and God Bless the Class of 2011 (and the class of 1991)

I want to send a special congratulations to Miss Kelsi Woirhaye, Salutatorian of the CHS Class of 2011.  Kelsi is an important person in my son’s life and she is special to our family.  Good luck Kelsi!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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One Response to The Class of 2011

  1. Taylor Shields (Co-Salutatorian) says:

    I love this! Everything about it is so true. I will definitely consider what you said. Thanks for the best wishes!

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