School Board Member Karl Meeske was trying to hold back tears of emotion as he presented his daughter, Kaylee, with her diploma Saturday. (Johnson Publications photo)

The reception line provided the perfect setting for Susan Castle to capture the moment with her iPhone. Her daughter, Dawn, was among 43 seniors who received their diploma from Chase County Schools during commencement Saturday. (Johnson Publications photo)

Graduates take a look at their new diplomas awarded Saturday afternoon. (Johnson Publications photo)

Graduates told ‘define your purpose’

    Forty-three graduates were told Saturday afternoon, “If you don’t have a ‘why’—a mission you can quickly and articulately state to the people you care about—get one.”
    Chase County Schools 7-12 Principal Chad Scheel sent the Class of 2017 off with those words from a packed Longhorn gym of family and friends.
    Scheel told the graduating seniors that in the coming years, they’ll be making decision that will affect the course of their lives.
    “Those decisions will not be easy... these will be agonizing decisions because of the commitment required and the fear of the unknown,” he said.
    “It is the ‘why’ that will guide you in these instances,” he added.
    Quoting one of his mentors, Rick Myles, Scheel said, “Make every decision from your values; there may be disagreement, there may be questioning, but there will be steadiness in the decision and you will be able to rest easy.”
    He asked the graduates what word will people use to describe them.
    “Start by defining that one word for yourself and use it to focus yourself while you work toward defining that mission.”
    By defining their purpose, “That’s how you will change the world,” he concluded.

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