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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Oct 23, 2008

On Wednesday, Estherville Lincoln Central High School students were recognized for their achievement at the annual academic awards assembly 10 a.m. at the high-school gymnasium.

These awards go to students for academic accomplishments last year. Students recognized include those who graduated last year.

Some may wonder why the awards are given now. Well, there’s a very good reason.

What better way to inspire students to higher achievement than to see others recognized for their efforts. The awards come just nine days before the end of the first quarter of school. That should give students an impetus to study just that much harder and to focus that much more when they take their exams.

Some students may wonder why they should try so hard for high test scores now. This is why.

The grades you get in high school stay with you for the rest of your life. You may not realize it, but college transcripts carry your rank in your high-school graduating class. The classes you take as a freshman in high school will ultimately determine what college into which you are admitted, what scholarships or other financial aid you receive, the graduate school to which you are admitted, what job you get once out of school and what rank you will attain in the military and when.

For your entire career, employers could look at your high-school ranking as an integral part of your character. That shows who you are and that will follow you for the rest of your life.

If you’re a freshman in high school, now is the time to get the best grades that you possibly can, to take the most courses that you possibly can and excel in as many sports and activities as you can. The person your make yourself into now is the same person that you will be for the rest of your life.