Graduating high school is no easy feat. The challenges faced by our youth multiply exponentially with every passing generation….and many adults just don’t get it. It’s hard enough being a teenager. Managing 30+ hours of school a week, along with homework and extracurriculars, proves even more difficult. Juggling this hectic schedule requires responsibility, ambition, time management, and focus. Factor in a job or other commitment and watch the stress increase. I’m in awe of those who successfully complete grades 9-12 and emerge victorious with a diploma. Such an accomplishment becomes even more phenomenal when the graduate comes from a town where the odds seem stacked against young people.
Ken Scarbrough is my favorite graduate from Atascadero High School’s Class of 2013.
I am so proud of you, Ken! Take a moment to think about all that you have earned with your hard work and dedication. There is no doubt in my mind you’ll accomplish wonderful things in your life, whether you pursue a culinary career, join the military, start your own business, or anything else you chose. Your parents are absolutely thrilled you achieved this milestone– and the times I spent with you and your family are some of the best I had in California. I miss the Offield/Scarbrough/Van Meter clan so much. Please stay in touch as you go out and conquer the world.
Although I was unable to attend your ceremony, I like to think my presence at the graduation meeting for parents played a small role in the success of your high school career. That and the amazing home decor I helped you select to illuminate your house party. 😉
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,