Up & Coming Weekly

June 09, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 42 UCW JUNE 10-16, 2020 Congratulations! To all our Cumberland County High School Graduating Seniors, and Best Wishes for a bright future! Cumberland County Board of Education Member from 1994-2004 Diane W heatley Congratulations FTS Class of 2020! You've made it, rounded the last corner, and you are becoming an FTS Alumni. I know, and your parents and families know; you are disappointed, upset, confused, and sad—this is not how the last three months of your senior year was supposed to go. You missed out on being able to enjoy the final months of your senior year – hanging out with your friends, dreaming about one last summer before you all head in different directions. You have lost experiences like competing with your classmates on spring sports teams, the chance to attend prom one last time, the chance to 'cram' with your friends for your final exams. It is natural that you may be feeling sad—this situation has certainly created a sense of loss. You are no strangers to adversity. Nineteen years ago, you entered the world at another tumultuous time – when the world, post 9/11, was forced to adjust and change our way of life as a result of the worst terrorist attack our country had ever experienced. You were our first students who've always had to go through security checks when going through airport security. You came into the world during a time of chaos, and chaos is now ushering you out of high school and pushing you into adulthood. You are used to uncertainty, and you know how to handle unpredictable times. Maya Angelou once said, "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." There is wisdom in her words. You see, life is not an endless series of pleasant experiences—we all learn from adversity. We learn about our character, our resolve, and we develop plans to move us forward. I am proud of your dedication and resolve. I admire your ability to face adversity and keep moving forward. While it may not be the senior year ending that you had dreamed of, it will be your senior year, unique among your peers, and you will reap the rewards. Stay flexible, stay patient, and be ready for your next chapter. TERRY SANFORD HIGH SCHOOL To m H a tc h | P r i n c i p a l, Te r r y S a n f o r d H i g h S c h o o l TERRY SANFORD HIGH SCHOOL

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