If the high school graduates who have been featured in these pages are any indication of our nation's future, we're in great shape.

Take Ana Rico, for example. She came to this country from Mexico with her family when she was a third-grader. None of them could speak English. After several years of following seasonal migrant work to and from Kentucky, the family settled in Adel.

Saturday, she graduated from Cook High School. Her parents had never finished grade school. Instead of moving away, she plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College so she can stay close to home and still help her family, especially two younger siblings who are still in school. She'll surely inspire them by her example.

Lake Park Christian Academy graduate Jacob Sullivan would not let having asthma as a child keep him from serving others through the Air Force. He took a breathing test in December to show he was no longer asthmatic. The war against terrorism has merely fortified his desire to serve others through the military.

Personal tragedy did not keep Sarah Clayton from making the most of her years at Berrien High School. When she was in eighth grade, her older sister, Hannah, died from cancer. The summer after her freshman year, an older brother, Andrew, died in a car accident.

Friday night, Clayton graduated with honors. She held leadership positions in many activities. She plans to attend Valdosta State University to become a teacher.

We commend these graduates and all others, and have faith in this generation.

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