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Editorial: Hats off to the 2013 Kaneland High School graduating class

It’s officially graduation season, and that means we’ve again reached the time of year where we bid farewell to Kaneland High School seniors as they toss their caps in the air, celebrate with friends and loved ones, and then embark on the next chapter of their young lives. These kids have the rest of their lives in front of them, and many are bound to make incredibly important contributions to society in some way, shape or form.

We’ve had the opportunity to feature many of these graduates in our newspaper during their time at Kaneland, and it’s been a sincere pleasure to write about their work in the community and the classroom, as well as their athletic achievements. The Kaneland School District is such an important part of what we do here at the Elburn Herald, and that means a little piece of us goes with the Kaneland seniors who graduate each spring.

The next step for most of these graduates is college. Some will attend a high-profile university; others may elect to attend a smaller university that provides a specific curriculum or is simply close to home. And there are plenty of Kaneland graduates who aren’t sure what their next step or destination will be, and have thus chosen to attend a community college to get a better sense of what they’re meant to do in life. All of those educational paths are valid, and there’s no such thing as a “correct” way to pursue a college degree. Furthering your education is about identifying the college path and degree that will put you in the best position to do what you love for the rest of your life—and then understanding the hard work necessary in order to fully realize that goal. College isn’t easy, but it’s absolutely worth the hard work and effort.

Some of the Kaneland grads in this week’s issue of the Elburn Herald will become doctors, lawyers and engineers. Others will become physical therapists, accountants and artists, masons, writers and mechanics. Let us at the Elburn Herald be the first to congratulate each and every member of the Kaneland High School class of 2013 as they begin to navigate the path toward their desired occupation. On Saturday, these KHS seniors will officially take the next precious step toward adulthood, toward getting to know themselves, and toward paving the foundation that will serve as the rest of their professional and personal lives.

We’re honored to have spent many years with the 2013 graduating class. And in parting, simply offer the words of the late, great Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Congratulations to this year’s Kaneland High School graduating class, and best of luck to each and every one of its members in their future endeavors.