Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 30, 2013

Hard work still pays off


— This time of year, parents of high school seniors have our sympathies.

There are “senior boards” to finish, carpets to clean, yards to mow, bushes to trim, weeds to pull and menus to complete in preparation for the many open houses across the area.

Senior parents also have our thanks. The 12 years of shuttling children to school, the band and choir concerts, the many after-school practices and activities, the homework checks, the teacher conferences and driving lessons finally are about to pay off.

Graduations are upon us.

To the many area seniors, congratulations. Graduation is one of those seminal moments. It’s the end of childhood and the beginning of a new and — we hope — exciting chapter of life.

Though you’ve completed high school, your education is not complete. Just ask any IU Kokomo senior, who graduates a week from today. In our information-based economy, post-high school training is required to earn an income that can support a family.

We’re fortunate to have several colleges right here where such training is available and much more affordable than at a residential campus.

These next few weeks, however, savor your achievement. Make memories.

But above all, take a moment to thank your parents for their sacrifices and encouragement over the years. You wouldn’t have earned your diploma without their love and support.

And help your folks prepare for your open house.