Seniors, can you believe it? Graduation is finally coming up! And we have prepared a special message for you. The last couple of years have definitely been difficult years, but while we might not be able to attend the long anticipated graduation or participate in TPS’s annual summer camp, you have accomplished a lot by completing high school! All the hours you put into completing essays, research papers, and math projects and all the late nights were definitely worth it because now you can say that you are an official graduate.
We have been in contact with many of clay‘s former Senior Editors recently, asking them to send some advice and encouragement to our graduating class of 2021. We were so fortunate to receive such a big response from them. Read on below to see what they have said!
Haley Moore, 2016-2017 Senior Editor
Hi seniors! First of all, a big congratulations to you for making it this far! High school is a major accomplishment and you should absolutely celebrate it and enjoy this season of excitement. As you step into your next season, whether that be college, work, or staying at home for a time – remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. I rushed through so much of college and life because I was so ready to get to the next thing, but when I learned how to take it slow and enjoy the small things I saw so much growth in school, in my spiritual life, and in my relationships.
Hold fast y’all.
Aberdeen Livingstone, 2016-2017 Senior Editor
Congratulations class of 2021!! Graduating high school is a huge accomplishment, especially in a pandemic. Honestly the best advice I can give you is this: your post-high school life is not going to go the way you think. At least one thing won’t look like you expect—and that’s okay. Your steps are ordered by a good God, and your every breath is held in His powerful, tender hands. So embrace the adventure and remember that whatever happens in the next few months or years doesn’t determine the rest of your life. “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” ~ St. Julian of Norwich
Jack Waters, 2017-2018 Senior Editor
As you move on beyond high school, two pieces of advice are important, but first a note on the culture into which you enter. The world we are now living does not hold to a Christian ethic of life. Expect hypocrisy from those who do not hold to Christ, but neither compare yourself to them nor find your value in their empty praise. Vanity will make you miserable by seeking the approval of others who you will never satisfy. Tied to this, you need three kinds of friends beyond your family as a Christian: first, Christians who influence you, who push you to holiness and stability; second, friends who love you and want to participate in life with you; finally, friends who are unimpressed by you, that will tell you what they think, and are grounded in truth. Listen to these friends and do not fear criticism. Besides this, remember that to be excellent is rarely due to brilliance or genius, and almost always due to extraordinary effort by ordinary individuals. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” -Proverbs 22:29
Raelen VanDuzer, 2017-2018 Senior Editor
Congrats grad! You’re killing it. As you head on to whatever’s next for you, say “yes” to people a lot. You’re capable of way more than you think. That said, be able to say “no,” too. I’ve struggled with that, but making time to just be—with yourself or your roommates or people who make you better—will keep you steady. Good luck!
Halle Kill, 2017-2018 Senior Editor
Congratulations to all the seniors on their graduation!! I’m so proud of each of you and love following along from afar at what you’ve all been up to these last three years. I pray that in these next few months and years of your life you will find peace and be able to rest in the plan that God has for you. He really does have them for you and for this season and you can stand confident in that by looking back at your life already and all that He has done to get you to where you are today.
If you haven’t read it already, go read the poem Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy! One of my high school teachers read it to me before I graduated and I still find myself going back and remembering it as one of my favorites. And one last note of advice for those of you headed to college in the fall – remember that rest is just as important as work. If you need 90% to get an A on a biochemistry test, don’t spend an extra 10 hours studying to get a 100%, when that time could be invested in relationships or a walk around your new campus or some much-needed sleep. Praying for you all in your new seasons!
Jacey Koo, 2018-2019 Senior Editor
To the TPS class of 2021, here’s a cheesy poem:
Your time at Potter’s School soon to cease
you’re here, it’s time—assignments decrease.
High school was rough and often costly
but despite the downs, you’ll remember it fondly.
GP6 and GP7
Good grades in the grade book like manna from heaven.
Corny jokes from Mr. C
to say they were fun isn’t a hyperbole.
The friends you’ve made the teachers you’ve met
are all the keys that God has set
to open doors and unlock your strengths
that will pull you forward to very great lengths.
“Leave and come back” was what was advised
when a tech issue ever arised.
This time it’s different, there’s no returning,
but what’s next is more wonderful––the future unfurling.
Cassie Disharoon, 2019-2020 Senior Editor
You all have come so far and accomplished so much by graduating high school. My advice would be to cherish your final weeks with TPS, because trust me, you’ll miss it once you’re in college. I wish you luck in your future endeavors, whatever your plans may be. Congratulations!!
Leanne Zuiderveen, 2019-2020 Senior Editor
Dear class of 2021, congratulations on completing thousands of classes, submitting mountains of papers, and sharing hundreds of memes and emojis throughout your high school years. Finishing four years at TPS truly is an incredible achievement so never underestimate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained. Looking forward to a bright and exciting future, focus on what matters in life and choose to live the words of the missionary William Carey: “I’m not afraid of failing; I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”