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Over the last weekend, 142 high school graduates from three area schools hit the world running

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The Oakridge High School grads of 2024 pose on the baseball field for their class photo on a beautiful spring day.

By GEORGE CUSTER/Editor/The Herald  —  Graduating from high school is a big deal. It’s not just that you’ve completed the required 12 years of education, you most likely are 18 years of age (some of you a little older, some a little younger). This age also implies that you are ready to strike out on your own – framing your destiny as you see fit.

No road is always smooth. How you take those unexpected bumps and curves will help define your character, your resilience, and your ability to adapt and compete in an unsympathetic world. Your family, your friends, and your community have helped to shape that person that you have become. Grow, learn, make mistakes and bounce back. The important thing is to not let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

High school graduates at Lowell’s commencement ceremony, with diplomas in hand, listen to the various speakers before being allowed to go off into the world. Sunny Zylstra photo

I was in Northern California over the weekend attending a high school graduation of a family member of mine. I was so fortunate to have been granted permission to publish the photos from three different photographers who did attend the three “Highway 58 High Schools”. Sunny Zylstra provided pictures from the Lowell HS graduation. Tye Allen provided Pleasant Hill’s ceremonial cap toss. Kayce Engholm photographed the Oakridge class of 2024.

The Pleasant Hill High School graduating class of 2024 toss their mortarboard caps in a tradition that signals the end of one phase of their lives. What now lies ahead? Tye Allen TWA

The staff and board of directors of the Highway 58 Herald want to wish each and every graduate the best that life has to offer you. Grab it. Take charge. Change the world for the better.

Good luck.

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