Graduation is a time both for reflection on the past and for those first long and serious looks into the future. It can mean fond reminiscing and tearful farewells, but it also means giant, whopping howls of joy.
Macon County has five schools graduating seniors this year: Franklin High School, Highlands School, Nantahala School, Union Academy and Macon Early College. This month, all around the county, whether they are college-bound, considering military service, or looking to jump into the workforce as soon as possible, graduating seniors from the Class of 2011 have been donning their caps and gowns and saying goodbye to teachers and childhood chums as they prepare to embark on the journey of the rest of their lives. And though the country is in the midst of a recession, and while the future may look precarious for some, this is surely a time for optimism, rather than cynicism.