| Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Clovis Municipal Schools, Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy writes an education column, published weekly by the Eastern New Mexico News and featured on www.clovis-schools.org.
ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS
by Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy
May 24, 2018
Here we are at the end of another school year. Many wonder why the year sped by so quickly; for others, it couldn’t go fast enough. For our Clovis High School seniors this schoolyear’s also been bittersweet: the last football game, the last school activity; walking through a classroom door for the last time; hanging out with friends at lunch for the last time. Seniors can’t help but be keenly aware, during these fleeting days, they’ve experienced many “last times.” It’ll never be quite the same.
This year’s graduating class was one of the largest we’ve seen in a few years, representing the whole spectrum. Some students are heading off to a carefully planned college experience; some are overwhelmed, not quite sure where to start. Some students are the first to graduate in their families; some barely scraped by, with little outside support. Some are students who achieved a boatload of awards; others, few. Tomorrow’s leaders are well represented: One of our students is heading to Yale; another to West Point. Many are National Honor Society students, some earned the prestigious Bilingual Seal. Regardless, graduating seniors participated in the same meaningful benchmark of “walking” in commencement as a culmination of their educational careers.
Among the many culminating senior activities, I stumbled upon one the other day, particularly poignant, as well as timely, as we approach Memorial Day. “America’s Run for the Fallen” was just passing through Clovis and paused in front of Clovis High School along their route of the nationwide – literally – cross-country run in honor of America’s fallen. Listening to their brief presentation and joining in the Pledge of Allegiance in front of CHS to commemorate the occasion, I noticed two CHS seniors, Kevin Deeley and Thomas Martinez, of the cross-country team and asked about them. It seems they joined these soldiers in front of the high school and ran alongside for the ten, or so, miles to Farwell, Texas, in support. Clearly, not a senior event filled with fun and fanfare, but a quiet tribute to America’s fallen.
Mark Twain noted, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Our resounding congratulations to all our graduating seniors as they venture forth into their futures; don’t forget you’re a Wildcat.