Tag: High School Graduation

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 16, 2022

Fern Ridge-Tribune News
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 16, 2022
By Pat Edwards

Congratulations to each one of the 2022 graduates—not only those from Crow High School, but from all of the local schools. Graduation has always been a major accomplishment—something to celebrate. The effort and focus that each of us have to put in for those 12+ long years is a cause for celebration and honor, but for this graduating class and the past two, extra kudos have been earned for the disruption of so much in their lives by the pandemic. Covid has affected each of us, but especially our school-age children and teens who have had to completely change their educational routines, and who have missed out on some of the most important events of their school years—things like proms and school dances, field trips, plays, athletic events and close interaction between themselves and their teachers and classmates. Some have taken the disruption and at-home learning in stride, but others have had a hard time adjusting to the break in the routine of learning. I just want to take time to use this means to honor them with my respect and acknowledgment of all that they’ve experienced. Good job! and Congratulations to each one of you!

For the students who will be returning next year, there is some very good news… The Crow-Applegate-Lorane School Board has decided to waive all sports fees for K-12 students enrolled in the C-A-L School District for the 2022/23 school year. This involves all middle/high school sports and TSP/Youth Wrestling. The front office has sports sign up for our fall sports at the moment. Right now, they don’t have many MS football sign-ups and more sign-ups for cross-country would be welcomed. Be sure to encourage your kids to sign up for sports, it’s free, and a very valuable experience!

The news of the devastating floods ravaging Yellowstone National Park have hit a personal note for me. My good friend from college days, Connie Ruhlman, who now lives in Montana, once lived and worked with her husband, Dick, on the Sunlight Ranch, located on the borders of Yellowstone, outside of Cody, Wyoming. It is still owned by the family of Earl and Carol Holding (who also owned Little America, Sun Valley and Sinclair Oil). Dick was their foreman overseeing the family homesite on the ranch and Connie was the housekeeper at the Holding’s beautiful home and some of the guest houses at Sunlight. Jim and I had the privilege of spending a week with them at Sunlight in the mid-1980s; we helped with the chores and took walks and car rides through the amazing scenery surrounding them. It was one of the nicest vacations we have ever taken.

Connie and Dick were living there in 1988 when Yellowstone and the surrounding area suffered a major wildfire which destroyed over 500,000 acres including part of the Sunlight Ranch. Connie and Dick were horrified by the devastation it caused and the wildlife they loved that were killed in the fire. Before the fire, there were huge elk herds that claimed a large pasture in front of their cabin for their calving grounds in the winter/early spring, and they were frequently visited by moose, occasional bears, badgers, and they felt an affinity for, and kept track of, a wolf pack that had become established nearby.

Now, with the news of the horrible flooding and the additional devastation being done to that whole area, Connie envisions how her favorite spots and wildlife on the ranch are being affected and she is mourning once again, along with the passing of her beloved Dick who passed away a year ago. I, too, am mourning with her

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 1, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 1, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Graduation time is here again. I want to personally congratulate each of the seniors from not only Crow High School, but all local high schools, who are nearing the completion of their secondary education in order to transition to further studies in college or to set the goals that will define who they will become in their adult lives.

Looking back over my own “transition,” it was not an easy time for me. I did go to college for one year at Linfield in McMinnville. I loved the independence even though I lived in a dorm. I made long-lasting friendships, but I was still very immature and did not apply myself well to my studies. Maybe if I had made better grades, I could have earned scholarships that would have allowed me to continue after that first year. It’s one of those things that you don’t think about as a “just-barely” 18 year old. In those days, young high school graduates tended to live in the “now.” Looking to the future, in those days for girls especially, wasn’t the focus other than how it pertained to settling down to raise a family. Things are so much different now for those students who have been raised to further their education and plan a career; but, there are still those like me who are not prepared to set goals and look to the future or who are not suited for college. They must get their education from life, as I did. We make mistakes and we learn from them… or we don’t. For those who do learn from them, we are able to grow. It’s a slower process, but I believe that we can still achieve and set goals. We don’t end up with a degree in our hands, but we can take pride in setting the course for our lives that will allow us to be responsible, knowledgeable citizens and productive members of our communities.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that in order for our society to work, we cannot all be the queen bees in the hive. It takes a lot of drones and worker bees to keep the hive viable and alive. College is extremely valuable, especially now, but no high school graduate should feel that if they can’t or don’t go to college for any reason, they cannot succeed in life. There are still a lot of opportunities for growth outside of academia if you are willing to apply yourself to whatever interests, abilities and talents you possess… and that includes higher education later on – down the road – once you have figured out what it is you really want to do.

Congratulations high school grads! You’re on the threshold of the rest of your life. Whether you are heading for college or not, keep in mind that as you experience life as an adult, you may find that your interests change course. That’s as it should be, because you’ll be experiencing new things and finding new interests that you didn’t know existed. If you come out of high school believing that you want to be a welder, but take some computer or science classes that open your eyes to another career path, allow yourself to explore those other options. You are the captain of your life. You can be whoever you want to be. You just have to be willing to work for it and set goals for the course that you sail.