Today marks a milestone in Hannah and Olivia’s lives, mom. (For those of you who don’t know me personally, Hannah and Olivia are my nieces. They are eight months apart in age and they will be graduating from two different local high schools today). Today is their high school graduation day. It doesn’t seem possible that they are both old enough to be graduating high school, but they are. Where did the time go? It seems like just the other day that they were little girls without a care in the world and now they are about to embark on the next phase of their lives. I wish you were here to share with them and all of us who love them this milestone in their lives!
Mom, you would be so very proud of the fine young women which both Hannah and Olivia have become. Hannah will be attending Southwest Texas State in the fall. She has received over $47,000 in academic scholarships to help cover the cost of her college education. Throughout her high school career, Hannah has been involved in numerous extra curricular activities including band, National Honor Society, UIL One Act Play, UIL Prose Writing, Headline Writing and much more. With all her extra curricular activities, it has amazed me to watch her juggle her school work, a part-time job and all the other activities in which she is involved. I get tired just imagining living her hectic and crazy life! It must be wonderful to be so young and have all that boundless energy.
Olivia is an equally amazing young women, mom. She has received a full four year scholarship to any college in the state of Texas. She plans on attending Lamar University Beaumont in the fall. Right now, Olivia is thinking that she wants to become a physical therapist, so she will take courses that will enable her to work towards that goal. Throughout her high school career Olivia was also involved in numerous extra curricular activities as well. This includes band, volleyball, weight lifting and much more.
I am so very proud of both Hannah and Olivia, and I know that you would be as well. Their graduation marks the end of one phase of their lives and the beginning of a new one. It is a time they will always remember in their lives, but don’t forget to embrace what the future holds in store for you. Life is a journey and not a destination, so enjoy all the wonderful milestones that are still ahead in your life. After all, you only live once, so don’t have too many regrets about the choices you have made in your life. Although, you will have some regrets in your life, because everyone does and that’s ok, just as long as your life isn’t too full of them.
Happy Graduation Day Hannah and Olivia! Enjoy this special milestone in your lives. Know that all your hard work and effort has been worth it and that this day is your well deserved reward. Don’t forget all of those who have helped you get to this point in your lives: parents, teachers, family, and friends. I am so very proud of the fine young women you have become and I look forward to watching the rest if your lives unfold. Even though your grandmother, Granny June, isn’t here to share this milestone with you, I believe that she is looking down on each of you with a great deal of love and pride.