SALUTE TO JENKS SENIORS: Chase your futures, but don’t forget where it all started
Graduating from high school is one of the most significant events a person goes through in his or her life.
I remember walking across the stage at the Mabee Center 14 years ago, hearing my name called and receiving my diploma.
At that point, it began to sink in that I was a graduate of Jenks High School and felt like the world was finally opened to me.
It breaks my heart for the students of the class of 2020 that they are not getting the chance to finish their senior years in a normal way or getting the chance to go through normal graduation procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, there is no doubt in my mind that this group of young men and women will be as ready as any class before them to take on what the real world has to offer. They have been through the Teacher Walkout of 2018 as sophomores, the Historic Arkansas River Flood of 2019 as juniors and now the Coronavirus pandemic as seniors.
Needless to say, the senior class of 2020 is battle-tested.
The outstanding people, who lead Jenks Public Schools, have worked tirelessly to make sure these graduates get to experience at least a version of a graduation.
A virtual graduation will take place Monday and that is thanks to Jenks Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stacey Butterfield, the Jenks Public Schools Board of Education, the Jenks Public Schools Administration and all the teachers and faculty for their hard work and preparation in making this time as special as possible for this group of students.
There is still hope for a traditional commencement ceremony on June 26 at the Mabee Center in Tulsa. I truly hope that event can occur because walking across stage and hearing your name called is one of the most memorable moments of your life.
I want to close by saying thank you to this senior class. Thank you for your hard work, your determination, your resiliency in tough times and your willingness to sacrifice and put others first.
You have been an inspiration to all of us in the Jenks community and we all look forward to watching what you accomplish in the near and long-term future.
As important as it is to move forward and press on with your lives, it is equally important to always remember where you came from and who helped you along the way.
Best of luck Jenks High School senior class of 2020. Go get em.