Our View: Praise for grads and hope for an excellent future

Each year, the Kane County Chronicle celebrates local graduating high school seniors with a week filled with stories about students of note. We are encouraged by the achievements of those we have profiled, and we anticipate great success for them in the future.

This year, we also wanted to get a glimpse of just what those futures might look like. As part of the graduation week series, we have been checking in with some of those we have profiled in the past, and we have been thrilled to find them enjoying success at the college level.

The stories on the past graduates have value. They are able to provide a perspective on college life. One past grad – Rosary’s Colleen Madlinger, now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – advised seniors to “be mindful of college, but don’t stress out about it.” She urged students to take advantage of opportunities and get involved in activities.

Another past grad – St. Charles East’s Yash Bhatia, now at Washington University in St. Louis – spoke of the greater independence that exists at the college level, and how that “was very different than high school.”

This marks the fourth year that we have devoted a week to profiling graduating seniors, and we have found that there are impressive students who attend our local high schools. For a closer look at local graduation news and photos, visit www.kcchronicle.com/graduation2014. This year’s group includes stories of inspiration. All who we’ve profiled are ambitious and accomplished.

We look forward to checking in on their progress in the future.