An Open Letter to Senior Graduates and Their Families,
Do you feel it? It’s ok to admit it. That overwhelming sense of happiness, and yet sadness, as you enter the week of Graduation.
For students it’s the end of one chapter of the journey and the beginning of an exciting future. Whether you are planning to attend 2 or 4 years of college, serving your community and nation by enlisting in the military, joining the workforce, or you are undecided, your journey is set to begin. Congratulations, you have accomplished a goal that only 85% of the students in Pennsylvania accomplish! Go ahead and celebrate – you deserve it! You have all made a difference at Sharpsville Area School District and we are the better for having you here. Just as in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”- “You all have made a difference and have brought your gifts and talents that changed our school system. Now take those talents and gifts and share them with everyone you meet. There is only one of you and you have a voice – use it, honor your family, friends and community.
To the parents and family members, close your eyes and think about how quickly the years have gone by. There are your little boys and girls with those gowns on. You have cared for them and nurtured them through good times, bad times, life’s highs and lows and you are to be commended. Soak every moment in and watch in awe at the person you helped to create. I am a firm believer that our jobs as parents are never done and we never quit worrying about our kids, but you have been an integral part of this journey. So take the extra moment to enjoy the moment and smile following graduation, whether the ceremony is at the field or auditorium, like the Motel 6 commercial says, “We will leave the light on for you.”
With Great Respect and Admiration,
Dr. Brad Ferko
Superintendent of Schools