For the last few years, I've found the graduation of the Mason High School seniors resonating more and more with my own life. The class of 2014 is the second graduating class that I've followed for their entire journey through the halls of Mason I.S.D.
This year, there a number of the kids that I've been close to during their years in school, and they will be greatly missed.
Our Mason County News intern, Jackie Drazan, will be difficult to replace. She's been a hard worker, a great student and a good friend for more than two years. She'll be heading to Fort Worth to TCU, and they will be fortunate to have her as part of their student body.
There is Claudia Canfield, one of my most reliable Sunday school attendees, an outspoken observer of the human condition, and one of the smartest kids that I know. She is heading to school out of state and I pray that we will see her in Mason again some day soon.
Traci Jordan is graduating. I remember when she and Samantha were young girls, first visiting Mason, then moving here to live. She's been one of our nursery workers over at First United Methodist Church and there are plenty of youngsters who will miss her smile and her reassuring words.
There's Price Ruffin who sat with me in the Sunday school room practicing his words for student-led worship. He's focused, sincere and determined to succeed. He will do well in the world.
There are so many others who I've come to know. Drigo Martinez, Savannah Kast, Hannah Haley, Lydia Bierschwale, Elliot Bibb.... so many good kids in this class. Nick Dyer, Coby Velez, Raul Silguero, Emmie Schmidt, Felissa Ramirez and Cassie Benefield. The names go on and on, and these kids have all made their mark on Mason High School. They have excelled academically, they have achieved sports awards and competitive UIL accolades.
I love putting together our annual Graduation Supplement, which is in this week's issue. It's an opportunity for me to pay tribute to the many good kids, and the many good families, of our county. I look at the bios, written by the kids, and I see them being humble and sincere in listing their accomplishments. I look at their photos and see kids who entered school 12 to 13 years ago; but, who will walk across the field at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium on Friday night as men and women.
I'll be there on Friday night, as I have for the last 13 years. I'll take photos of the kids getting dressed, nervously joking with one another before their last group activity. I'll take photos as they are presented with awards, as they deliver speeches, and as they move their tassels across their mortar boards to signify their new status in life.
And, when they return in two years, four years, ten years,,,, I will be here to document their relationships, their children, and their ongoing accomplishments. It's my job to watch them growing up; but, it's also my privilege, and it's one that I take very seriously. I enjoy reporting on the marriages, the babies, the jobs, the awards. And I look forward to sharing them all with you.
Good luck Class of 2014! May God bless you and keep you on this wonderful journey.
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