I attended the awards ceremony at Calhoun
Middle/High School on Thursday evening to present the Mollohan
scholarships. It turned out to be an inspiring event for me.
Students of many backgrounds, with dreams and goals
for a future, took their turns at marching down the aisle to be
recognized and receive their awards. Some of them will be the first
generation in their families to pursue a college education. Most of them
held their heads high, walked with a purpose to their steps and a sense
of pride in their accomplishments. It is not easy to complete the
requirements for graduation and fill out all of the applications for
These students have an obligation to their parents
and even back to the first settlers of the county to make the best out
of their opportunities. They are fulfilling hopes that were only dreams
in earlier generations.
Some students do not have the family support to
take this step toward the future, but this is no reason to give up.
George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always
blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in
circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who
get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find
them they make them.”
The person who has no goal, who doesn’t know where
he’s going, must have a life of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. If
he thinks about nothing, he becomes nothing. It is even written in the
book of Matthew in the Bible, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
The human mind contains possibilities beyond our
wildest expectations. It will return anything we plant.
Go for it, Seniors! You can do anything with your
life . . .