As the weather gets warmer, this time of year can be bittersweet and full of reflection. Let’s congratulate the graduating high school seniors and recognize the legacy they left in the communities.

Waterloo and Marshall seniors will soon be participating in graduation ceremonies, their last event as high school students. Waterloo High School graduation is set for Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m. It will be held either outdoors or in the gymnasium, depending on the weather. Marshall High School graduation will be Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium.

This is a time to cheer on our graduates as they will be taking all they learned in high school and apply those skills in their adult life. Whether students participated in sports, in academic competition, band or choir, they have represented Waterloo and Marshall with pride in the community, across the state and some, even at the national level.

This year was no exception. Waterloo students participated in the first Dane County Equity Consortium Student Forum to have conversations about social justice. Eleven Waterloo High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed at the 2019 Wisconsin State Leadership Conference where three qualified for national competition. They competed in cutting edge business techniques, networking concepts, an introduction to information technology and mobile application development.

Many high school seniors also participated in Waterloo’s historic 38-year Young and Old Stick Together (YOST) program.

Marshall students represented the community well with the girls’ basketball team winning state back-to-back championships. Students from the Marshall Leo Club and Marshall High School’s Athletes for Excellence sponsored a freshman student through Wisconsin’s Make-A-Wish program to take a dream trip to Alaska. Student leaders coordinated a HOSA week to promote awareness of health issues and occupations. They also participated in the Rotary Ethics Symposium, where student leaders guided their peers in making ethical decisions. One senior also participated in the Madison Contest Pitch contest where she came up with a shared transportation plan to help students access college programs easier.

In the arts area, Waterloo students performed the play, “The Love Note” while Marshall students did “Clue” and “The Addams Family.” Both schools participated in the solo and ensemble music competitions and forensics.

Students from Waterloo and Marshall participated in Ag Career Day and in Wisconsin Farm Technology Days through their FFA chapters as well as demonstrated their writing ability in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen writing contests through the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Waterloo High School’s technical education program received two computer numerican control (CNC) machines to assist students learn about computers and what they can do.

By being a part of high school organizations and programs, students gained leadership, teamwork, time management skills, the ability to thrive under pressure, the value of hard work, the pride in fine-tuning their talent and the ability to try new things. After high school, these are the skills that may help them feel confident in tasks such as running a business, being involved in the medical field or getting into graduate school.

Congratulations to the graduating seniors. We wish them luck in their future endeavors.

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