Oh the place the Class of 2016 will go


“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

By Dr. Seuss

“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.”

On Friday, the Class of 2016 graduates participated in the second annual Graduation Walk at their respective elementary schools.

These seniors, dressed in their caps and gowns, processed down the hallways at all three of our elementary schools to be congratulated by former teachers and by future graduates. There were lots of tears, cheers, and hugs shared between graduates and proud educators.

Of these, the most amazing was the look of awe and eagerness in the eyes of those elementary students.


Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!”

In observing this practice, I began to ponder the accomplishments of our graduates, past and present. Several of them have earned prestigious awards and accomplishments as they work to complete their college degrees.

Our past graduates are doing remarkable things—winning highest awards in engineering, chemistry, and math. Several of our graduates have continued their education by being accepted into medical, law, and various Ph.D. programs.

Even this past weekend, a Clinton High School graduate was the co-valedictorian for Presbyterian College.

“You’ll be on your way up!

You’ll be seeing great sights!

You’ll join the high fliers

who soar to high heights.”

The graduating class of 2016 is well on its way to continuing this tradition of excellence. Our ROTC program has four students receiving full scholarships to prestigious universities.

We have had multiple students commit to playing sports on the college level. Three of our welding students will begin taking college courses to further their knowledge in welding this week.

As a whole, we anticipate our 2016 graduates will surpass previous classes in scholarship awards. We are looking forward to all of the awards our graduates will receive on June 2nd at the Graduation Ceremony.

“Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So…get on your way!”

The world awaits….May it be so!


(Dr. David O’Shields is superintendent of Laurens School District 56.)

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