“You can be whatever you choose to be,” he said emphatically, “and it all begins right now with your own personal look at you, peering into your soul and honestly appraising and evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses” and deciding how to enhance skills.
Profitt urged, “Let your energy match your ambitions .... Set your sights on something and go after it. And don’t let anybody or anything stop you.”
“You are, from this moment on, the sum total of all your choices and decisions. You call the shots.”
After the ceremony, Lurenda Stenger, Brookville, who has worked at The Waters of Batesville for close to two months, said she was overwhelmed with emotions.
Charles observed earning the equivalency diploma “has been a long time coming. Determination is what got me this far ... I’m glad of where I’m at.” After seeing a sign in a service station about earning an automotive service excellence certificate, he’s mulling more education over.
Excited was the word Aaron Durham, Laurel, used to describe the milestone. When asked about future plans, he admitted, “I don’t know yet. I haven’t thought that far.” Stephen Fritts, Brookville, was thinking about a career in computer security.
Ashley Robinson, Brookville, felt happy. “I want to be a psychologist,” said Robinson, who recently quit working at Wendy’s, Batesville, due to problems finding child care. When her husband is discharged from the U.S. Army in February, they hope to move to a college town.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
High School Equivalency details • Literacy coordinator Polly Brown can be reached by texting or calling 765-309-2001; or e-mailing email@example.com. • The Franklin County Education Center, overseen by the nonprofit River Valley Resources, Madison, is located at 1250 Franklin Ave., Brookville.