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High School graduation was part of life. It was filled with my classmates who were putting their stamp on a season that we shared together. This special year would be a stake in the ground that we could all look back and remember our beginning, a commencement into life.
Different kinds of classmates were all around me. My music buddies amazed me at their talent. When they sang, I was stunned at how well they could captivate an audience. Others could pick up an instrument and be judged among the best in the state.
Marching Band occupied a lot of my time. Friendships grew when times were tough. A new High School opened up and hived off so many of our musical talent.
We were left with a corporal’s guard. But, we gave it all we had and enjoyed it. We could not change much about our size. However, the quality that we produced was memorable.
Some of my history was in sports. I wrestled in High School. We had one stand-out who went on to State. All of us were proud of his achievements.
Athletes wore their block letter “M” on jackets and sweaters. Winning may have been a rarity among our sports enthusiasts but spirit could never be questioned. Our cheerleaders were the best.
Spirit at C.K. McClatchy High School was always on a high level. Cheering together gave us an identity with this special year of a special class.
There were a lot of smart people around me too. In Elementary Functions, pre-calculus, our brainy math wizards solved impossible problems. Collaboration on the black board with options to finally solve a problem were a blast.
Science club gathered another kind of “smart” students. Philosophy and experiments launched us into a world already too big for young lives to tackle. But, we chased our chemistry, physics and engineering dreams with youthful energy and exuberance.
When Pomp and Circumstance was played for us, we marched in gowned up and eager to head to college. A world was waiting for us to conquer, serve and make it better. Since that special year of 1969, my classmates have made a difference in the world.
It was a special year with special people and amazing dreams. Do you remember that year? The world has never been the same since, don’t you think?
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