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High school seniors, make it a great year!

To the Editor:

To the Cloquet senior class of 2015… Well, here it is, the first day of your senior year. For many of you, I remember your first day of preschool and kindergarten. For most of you, I remember your first day of middle school and high school. And for each and every one of you, I have a story or a memory. Since so many of you have labeled me the “class mom,” here are a few small pieces of wisdom I’d like to share with you as you start this last year.

Take risks, get out of your comfort zones, stretch yourselves, try something new. Do something you’ve always wanted to do, but were afraid of what your friends might think.

Talk to someone you haven’t talked to since grade school. You might remember why you were friends so long ago. Each of you is a thread, woven together, to make the fabric of this class.

Ditch the drama. Be kind to each other.

Go to Prom or Snoball. Even if you don’t have a date, go with a bunch of friends. You’ll have a blast and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.

Be honest, don’t cheat, work hard. Don’t let this be your slide year. Don’t kid yourselves, “senioritis” will bite you in the butt. As hard as it’s going to be, strive to do your best work. When you walk across the stage next spring to receive your diplomas, you’ll know that you truly earned it.

Cherish your “lasts,” whatever they might be. Last home game, last performance, last essay, last fire drill.

In your whole life, you only get one senior year in high school. Make it a great one!

Miss Iris

Iris Keller, Cloquet