LVR grad class 1; Mother Nature 0

Take a look at today’s front page photo. The jubilation in the rain will be an enduring image of this past weekend’s L.V. Rogers grad festivities.

Beautiful dresses and sharp tuxes so painstakingly picked out — drenched. Make-up and hair so carefully prepared — a mess. Vehicles shined and ready for the big day — soaked to the floorboard.

Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, this group of grads were undeterred. It cements what we all know: the youth of our community are ready for any challenge thrown their way. Kootenay tough and ready for what the world throws at them, they rolled through the downtown in the downpour.

The large majority of the Class of 2011 will soon be leaving their hometown. Off to university, to travel the world or to seek opportunity in the big city, they’ve made their mark here and will now carry the lessons learned in this idyllic setting to the next stage of their lives.

Some will stay and some will eventually return, adding their talents and traits to the diversity of this community. Even if this is the last time they ever live in the Kootenay, this place is sure to never leave them.

Flip through the special grad insert in today’s paper and the smiling faces will be sure to bring one to yours. Greatness exists in this group and we’re all excited to see the mark they will make on the world.

As anybody who has already crossed this bridge knows, life is full of rainstorms and dark skies. How we overcome adversity is the true test of who we are.

Nelson Star


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