(Editor’s Note: The Herald & Tribune has reprinted Daniel Boone High School Principal Tim Campbell’s letter, as seen in last week’s graduation edition, with the correct photo.)
To the Class of 2021:
What an amazing opportunity you have had this year! You were faced with the challenge of a worldwide pandemic, and you responded by overcoming it and moving forward with your lives. Life has placed many obstacles: the end of Junior year being shut down abruptly, the beginning of your Senior year starting virtually, then coming back for three weeks to return to virtual instruction, and finally returning to school for the last three and a half months of the year. You could have chosen to make excuses and not respond in true Trailblazer fashion, yet each of you stayed the course and found a way to reach your goal of graduating with the other members of the Class of 2021. You have truly made us proud.
This class has shown the true meaning of Boone Pride by earning millions of dollars in scholarships to both four-year and two-year colleges and universities, as well as sending numerous class members to attend the Tennessee Center for Applied Technology (TCAT). Among your amazing accomplishments: two graduates had perfect attendance from Kindergarten through 12th grade; while several class members competed in State Championships in Volleyball, Cross Country, Track, Wrestling, FFA, HOSA, and Chorus. Our marine corps MCJROTC also competed in the National Marksmanship Championships as well as the National Academic Team Championships. One Senior class member scored a perfect 36 on the ACT and two scored perfect on the ACT Workkeys National Career Readiness Exam. Your DBHS career accomplishments show that you can be anything and do anything that you choose to do regardless of the obstacles.
As Senator Orrin Hatch stated, “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” You have spent years listening to people tell you what path you should take. Now, it’s time for YOU to decide what it is that you want. You should follow your heart and pursue your passion. Figure out what you love, and then find a way to do it for a living. Always remember that if you find yourself needing someone to talk to or an ear to listen without judgment, we are here to help.
No matter how old you are, you are still a valued member of Blazer Nation.
An unknown author once said, “I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.” This is my wish for each of you!
Now go out into the world and make your mark on the world. BoonePride!
May God richly bless each of you,