In my 30 years I have graduated with one diploma, two bachelor's and one master's degree, and exactly one time with a perfect record of all A's - High School.
First of all I recognize that graduating from HS itself is quite the accomplishment these days. Its no longer a "guarantee," and while many insist you have to go even further in school to get a decent job, for many HS is far beyond reach. I also recognize that I would not have arrived in HS as prepared had it not been for all the previous 8 years of education that helped me achieve valedictorian status. HS was great. I loved every minute while I was living it, and am completely thankful for all the ways it shaped who I am today, especially as Valedictorian. However, I am also glad that I am able to leave these memories in the past and look forward. I'm thankful for all that I learned in HS and all the ways that being the valedictorian has helped me in the future!
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