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Congratulations Class of 2012

For students, staff and administrator at Halifax County High School, Saturday morning’s graduation of the Class of 2012 marks yet another milestone for the school and this community.

We congratulate the 374 seniors who received their diplomas and 26 who received their GED certificates. And a special hats off to the 74 students who were awarded associates of arts and science degrees during Saturday morning’s commencement exercises.

The Class of 2012 stepped on the stage early Saturday morning as high school seniors and stepped off as high school graduates.

Now what?

A number of our talented young people will be off to colleges and universities in a couple of months to start the next exciting adventures in their lives, while others will enter the military. It’s a very exciting time for them, and we wish them all well.

The Class of 2012 is looking at quite a changing world, different from what we encountered when we walked across the outside stage in Tuck Dillard Stadium too many years ago to count.

But though the years have passed and much has changed, I believe Halifax County remains a good place to live and to raise a family.

These young graduates may be quick to disagree, and we know many will never return to their hometown.

But we need for them to return home to live, work and raise the next generation. Returning to Halifax County should not be looking back at yesterday, it should be stepping into tomorrow.

And for those who do return, the reward will be exactly what you make it.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012. Godspeed to wherever life takes you. But here’s hoping the path will one day lead you back home.