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It's your time to shine, graduates

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By The Staff

This week and next mark the official end of childhood for area high school seniors. They'll be considered "grownups" now.

Sure, they have the summer to look forward to ... sunny days at the lake, sleeping late, last gatherings with their friends, but, for many, the dog days of summer are the last of the carefree times.

Adulthood is now staring them in the face.

Graduates have some important decisions to make - whether to continue their education or head straight into the job market. Then there's marriage, family and other important life choices. No matter the path they choose, they will also continue to learn.

No matter how old we get, learning is imperative. It expands our knowledge base and our perception of the world around us.

This Friday is graduation at Campbellsville High, and next Friday is graduation at Taylor County High. Decisions they make now will affect the rest of their lives.

Yes, we think these occasions are cause for celebration. But the celebrating also needs to be accompanied by caution and responsibility.

Not only must they choose to make responsible decisions themselves, but they must also try and influence the decisions of their friends. How effective is it to make the right choices ourselves yet be surrounded by others who have chosen not to?

Just as in the poem by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken," seniors have come to an intersection in their lives. Which path shall they choose? The one everyone chooses? Or shall they choose another path, one less traveled?

"I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference."

We challenge this year's graduates to make their own paths in this world of ours ... and then choose to make "all the difference."