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Point of View: I have pride in the youth of our community

Indeed, we are proud of our Western New York high school graduating seniors of 2014 in our public and private schools. Our youths are so richly a part of the pride of any community.

Recently I, along with others, was invited to interview a number of our high school seniors in several of our local high schools, what a great experience. The interviews, one on one, were filled with compellingly dynamic conversations of highly positive human spontaneity! What an impressive group of high school seniors we were privileged to interview. One cannot help but be impressed with the array of human giftedness and personal talent possessed by these young men and women. Indeed, a treasure trove of human potential. I am sure this is true in many of our high schools across this nation of ours, one cannot help but be moved with confidence that our future as a society, and as a nation, is and will continue to be in the best of hands!

Each interviewee exuded with positive energy and creative aspiration. It was impressive to see these young folks eager to enter the workforce in a variety of fields, or move into higher education with a major in a battery of impressive career options. Still, others plan to enter a branch of the U.S. military, or other non-combatant fields of service. And then too, a number of those interviewed are interested in furthering their family and home centered fields of desired interests.

What an impressive and dedicated group of seniors, oriented toward a work ethic and moved by a spirit of initiative, service and commitment.

And we had the opportunity this year, as we have as in the past, to attend a number of school-related student activities. There have been superb academic oriented occasions, quality athletic events and excellent dramatic and musical presentations.

The recent All-Orchestra Concert at Springville-Griffith Institute was just such an event of artistic excellence! Truly, we are surrounded with a constellation of human entrepreneurial talent. All of these academic and other related school events are an example of the fulfillment of an enduring story, written for the annals of time, that further assures us that we are a society moving expeditiously forward with success in American Exceptionalism.

You know, this is a special time of the year and the pride of every school is front and center on our community stage. Graduation is just around the corner for our area public and private schools in Western New York. Sincere congratulation to all honored graduates, you have made us proud!

And recognition too, to the parents, relatives and school personnel, who contributed in so many ways to this significant accomplishment!

Indeed, as the graduates march down the aisle with the dynamic strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” we are reassured with pride, that the splendor of the American Dream is profoundly a part of the “Circumstance” of this American scene!


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