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Message from Dr. Ferko
An Open Letter to Graduates

Dear Graduates,

Has it been 4 years already? It only seems like yesterday that many of you were starting your career at the senior high school. How quickly the four years have gone and you have transformed from freshmen that were very nervous about attending the senior high school to seniors that are ready to face the challenges that lie ahead of you. First of all I would like to thank your parents and guardians who helped you in your journey along the way, their support has enabled you to reach the goals that you have set and become the people that you are today. Secondly, to the staff, we are blessed to have a caring staff that has nurtured and helped shape all of you academically, athletically, behaviorally and socially. These dedicated professionals are deserving of your thanks and appreciation and I know that many of you will carry the lessons that they have taught you for many years to come. Finally, I want to thank you for the hard work that you have done in order to earn your diploma. Many of you will transition to postsecondary education, some will go directly to the workforce and others will enter the military. Be proud of your accomplishments and know that you are prepared for whatever steps you take in your life's journey. Recently I attended Slippery Rock University graduation and heard the President of the University give a number of suggestions for a successful life, I am sure you will be receiving a great deal of advice as you continue to the next stage of your life. However, the advice that I liked and appreciated the most was when she said, ”Remember to laugh , remember to dance and remember to enjoy the gifts that your hard work has given you, if you find a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.” I have been blessed because I have had the opportunity to work with all of you for the last four years, I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know many of you and have enjoyed watching you grow in the classrooms, in the arts, in athletics and as individuals. I urge you to continue to grow as an individual and not to conform, but instead to follow your own voice and be the person that you want to be and we're meant to be. May you live a blessed life and remember that you are always a part of a Sharpsville Area family of graduates, who are out in the world making a difference in the fields of education, law, politics, service, industry, the Arts, the military and the environment and are waiting for you to take your place among them.

Dr. Brad Ferko

1 Blue Devil Way | Sharpsville, PA 16150
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