to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
No. 23 -- 9/28/15
Our last REVIEW called attention to the last graduating class of SGA,
the class of 1970. The group met recently, and my visit with them for an
hour or two was at the same time, interesting, inspirational...,a bit melancholy...,
because of the closure of the school!
Two members of that class were singled out last time, but in this article,
it is my intent to call attention to the many others of that class who
stand out in my mind, and also to make a comment or two on the opportunity
that exists for all young students entering the current school year.
A look at the yearbook for the '70 class brought back many memories
of other students who excelled in class, on the athletic floor, in debate
and drama, and in the several other activities provided for the SGA students
at the time. The yearbook reminded me that the school offered track and
wrestling that year, a 26 member drill team, a 13 member JV team, and a
15 member frosh team, both in basketball. The journalism class won an All-State
rating for its student newspaper, the SIGNAL, and was chosen first in the
state for its yearbook photos. Two class members wrote weekly news articles
for the local Cottonwood Chronicle and the Grangeville Free Press. And
finally, Laurie Haener was named alternate princess of the Triple Bar drill
team, and Janice Zehner was selected to be the Idaho County Fair Queen
With apologies to those readers not interested in the details of this
class, it is noted that the purpose of the above and much of RNR 22, was
to highlight the talent, achievements, and future potential of every years
high school students!
For indeed, as the example of the '70 grad involved in the later car
wreck illustrates, no one really can predict what the future is for each
of our current students. The lesson to be learned is that each should make
the very best use of the time they have in school today, Several of the
Class of '70 have passed on by this time, and the same will happen to those
in school today, so MAKE THE VERY BEST USE OF THE TIME YOU HAVE!
And again, the other student mentioned last time was and is an example
of the result one can get from just simple, and persistent hard work. Setting
goals and then stubbornly and consistently working one's rear end off to
reach them can and will produce remarkable results. What a remarkable record
any current class would set if every member would set a goal of being THE
BEST IN THE CLASS, whether that is academic, athletic, or in some other
area. And for those for whom this is a bit unrealistic, why not set the
goal of BEING THE VERY BEST YOU CAN BE, in whatever you are doing! In simple
words, do not waste time, build a reputation for solid and reliable effort...,
and maybe even more important, being always honest, friendly, and totally
trustworthy. It will pay off in the end, as the examples from the class
quoted earlier illustrates!
A concrete suggestion! Consider carefully the notion of MOMENTUM! Momentum
is the illusive quality associated with sports team that ARE ON A ROLL...
and seemingly get all the breaks in close contests! Or the student who
seems ON A ROLL, because he or she seems able to score high or the highest
on every test. I submit that it is much like a giant airplane which labors
hard at takeoff, but eventually reaches that point in the air where it
can coast along with seemingly little effort. Life is like that.... early
hard effort can and does lead great success later on in life!!! Try it....
I say you will like it!!!!
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