I had the privilege of attending the Rotary Top Ten Dinner again this year. This year’s event was emceed by Bill Clark, the Athens Area high School principal. Mr. Clark remarked on the commitment of not only the students but also the parents.
The keynote speaker was Athens graduate Nathan Close. Mr. Close was a 2009 graduate of Athens who went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He is now a software designer for Amazon. Mr. Close’s message was for students to forget about their grades. He clarified saying that there is more to college than classes. He challenged the Top Ten to leave their comfort zone and take advantage of the awesome opportunity to experience other cultures and lifestyles. And if students will enjoy the journey — relaxing about the finish line — the grades will take care of themselves.
Congratulations! You make everyone Redskin Proud!