New Castle News

Shenango

June 6, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: For the Class of 2013, there’s no looking back — promise?

NEW CASTLE — Congratulations, Class of 2013!

You made it.

Your last history lesson is history.

Your last final — final.

The unsure children who once needed help to climb the school bus steps will now stride confidently across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Go ahead, rock that robe!

Go ahead, flip the tassel from right to left!

Go ahead and toss your mortarboard into the air even before the speaker finishes his final sentence.

You’ve earned the right to celebrate.

All those late nights studying.

All those early mornings following the late nights studying.

All those people who teased you in the hallways. And, worse yet, all those people who ignored you.

Gone.

Finally.

Time to move on.

But consider this a warning: You will be tempted to spend the rest of your life checking your review mirror.

Don’t do it.

“I have memories — but only a fool stores his past in the future.” — David Gerrold

Memories.

Powerful, powerful things, those memories.

They’ll make you laugh. They’ll make you tear up. They’ll make you want to relive them all over again.

And, if we let them, they’ll make you crazy.

If you remain stuck in the past, you’re just going to remain stuck. In the past.

And stuck in the past is not a good place to be.

But, if you’re going to get stuck somewhere, be sure it’s between your past and your future.

You know, that tension-filled zone that’s one part fear, one part doubt and one part excitement.

Some people call it “Now.”

Every day, in some small way, loosen your grip on what’s behind you and grasp a little harder what’s ahead.

In other words, use the past.

Learn from it.

Let it be your springboard to a brighter future.

Just don’t stay there.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Shenango
  • Shenango updates student handbooks

    July 18, 2014

  • money.jpg County probing Shenango Township finances

    The Lawrence County district attorney’s office is investigating the possible theft of nearly a half-million dollars from Shenango Township.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango adopts budget with no tax increase

    The Shenango school board adopted a budget with no tax hike but with pay raises for some administrators. The $16,447,678 budget for the 2014-15 school year is $627,886 higher than the current year’s plan.

    June 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Perfect.jpg Your Education: Shenango grad never missed a day

    They say nobody’s perfect. But for 13 years, Jenna DiGiammarino certainly was. When Jenna left last night’s commencement ceremonies at Shenango High School, she did so not only with a diploma in hand, but also with a flawless record of attendance dating back to Day One of kindergarten.

    June 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Westbay.tiff Athlete of the Week: Meet Shenango's Dom Westbay

    Dom Westbay is living proof that hard work does pay dividends. The Shenango High track and field standout turned himself into a WPIAL shot put champion in his second year in the sport.

    May 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thompson.tiff Chris Thompson returns to coach at Shenango

    The Shenango High cross country coaching torch is being passed back to Chris Thompson. Thompson was hired to succeed his younger brother, Phil Thompson, who resigned to take over as men’s and women’s track and field coach at Geneva College.

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango proposes budget with no tax hike

    The Shenango school board has introduced a $16.4 million budget that requires no tax increase. The $16,447,678 spending plan for the 2014-15 school year is $627,886 higher than the current year’s budget.

    May 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shenango fills teaching posts

    The Shenango school board has filled two teaching positions.Janelle Cassano of New Castle was hired as an elementary teacher at a salary of $54,839.

    May 14, 2014

  • joshua klein.jpeg Shenango student charged with having weapons on school grounds

    A Shenango High student accused of blowing up mailboxes is facing more charges for allegedly having weapons on school grounds.

    May 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kendall.tiff Athlete of the Week: Meet Evan Kendall of Shenango

    Evan Kendall isn’t your typical high school baseball player. The Shenango High pitcher and third baseman actually enjoys learning and working tirelessly to improve his craft.

    May 7, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

The film "Into the Storm," about a devastating tornado, opens nationally Aug. 1. What's your favorite storm movie?

Twister
The Day After Tomorrow
The Perfect Storm
Sharknado
     View Results