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Keep a Good Taste In your Mouth

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Well, this is it. This is officially the last "Beyond Today" article I will be writing as a high school senior. I am really grateful for all the people who have been following the column throughout the school year. It is really great to see so many people who appreciate hearing the younger generation write about "anything and everything!"

In the very first article I wrote for the Fillmore County Journal, I touched on the topic of how I was beginning a new chapter in my life. This was the situation for many seniors my age. Now this chapter is coming to a close, and I have only eleven days of school left (yes, I am counting!) before ending my high school career.

I have mixed feelings about graduating from Lanesboro High School in these few short days. On one hand, I am excited because nine months of school is a very long time. Most students will stand with me in verifying this fact. I am also excited to move on to a summer job and doing some FFA activities this summer, as well as spending some time with my closest friends. This fall I will go to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota where I plan to be involved in FFA, the Us dairy club, and maybe play a little golf in my spare time. As you can see, I have a lot to look forward to.

I also have a lot to look back on. I started life more than seventeen years ago. I have learned so much in these precious years of my childhood that I wouldnt change for the world. I consider myself very blessed to have had two parents who dedicated their lives to raising my siblings and me the right way. I also feel lucky to have lived in a community of people who care about the youth. I couldnt have asked to graduate from a better school system or to graduate with anyone else besides thirty-one of my best friends.

One fact that many people dont realize is that growing up in a small community is so much different than living in other places. I realize Im not an authority on the issue because I have not yet had the experience of living in a city. Nevertheless, I have realized that here, everyone cares about everyone else. I couldnt go to a big city to find a math and sciences class where there are three students per teacher. The list of advantages in a small community goes on and on. In fact, teachers here know each student on such a personal level that they have made it their goal to help students achieve.

One of my favorite teachers in the Lanesboro district can often be heard telling his seniors not to leave a bad taste in their mouth at the end of their high school career. Ending on the right foot is so important to seniors futures. I do speak from experience here. People often ask me, "What advice would you give underclassmen?" I can only say, try your hardest in everything you do and dont disappoint yourself in the end. I have lived by this proverb for all of my life, and it has never failed me. I also know that during the times when I havent tried my hardest, I have failed myself. But learning from my mistakes has proven to be one of the best methods for achieving success in the end.

Now with only eleven days left in this chapter of mine, Im going to make sure I dont make a mistake by ending with a bad taste in my mouth. These past seventeen years have taught me to think twice and act once. Growing up with these little lifes lessons have taught students of our small communities to make the right decisions in starting their new chapters.

By Amy Hazel

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