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Editorial: Good luck, class of 2014

On Friday night Farmington High School will send its latest group of graduates out into whatever world awaits them. A day later, Rosemount High School will do the same. Freshly-minted graduates will enter the next phase of their lives filled with excitement and uncertainty in roughly equal measure.

It is, as usual, an impressive group of students that will leave their high school days behind them. Between the two schools there are four students headed to military academies. There are National Merit Scholars and students headed to Ivy League schools.

We have gotten to know some of these students over the years. We have watched them in sporting events and theatrical productions. These students played for state titles and marched in the Tournament of Roses parade.

Seniors in this class have helped build Farmington High School’s Games for Change into a significant event in the effort to collect money and food for the local food shelf. There are students like Maggie Bushiri, profiled elsewhere in this issue of the Independent Town Pages, who came to RHS a shy and uncertain freshman who struggled with English and will graduate on track to become the first person in her family to attend a four-year college.

A refugee who spent her early life moving from one camp to another, she wants to study pre-law and help other immigrants make a strong start.

There will be plenty of challenges ahead for this year’s seniors, roadblocks both big and small. Some will struggle, and not everyone will get where they want to be on their first try or even their second.

That’s OK. It’s all part of the process. If they’ve been paying attention and putting in the work, though, they should be prepared for whatever lies ahead.

We wish them all the best.