Senior year is highly romanticized yet it is this: the end of our public funded education and the first truly divergent path for our future. The question "Now what?" plagues those of us attempting to step out of the world of youth and establish ourselves as adults. Now that school has drawn to a close and summer sets in many have to stand to face their final decision. College is where many of us hope to plant our roots while others seek to dive into the working world. Regardless the next few months will be a daunting challenge.
The following are Ripon Elementary 8th grade graduates:
The following are members of the Ripon High Class of 2013:
Focusing on a long slate of health concerns from exercise to hearing loss, Bethany Home's Health Fair Friday morning was seen as a success for the community at the Town Square Apartments campus on West Main Street.
Warren Council had a passion for struggling students at Ripona Elementary School where he served as principal for nearly 20 years until this spring when he closed his office door for the last time.
They were a rag-tag bunch of football players wearing basketball shorts and sneakers.
Ripon residents on Fourth Street near Vera Avenue had unexpected praise for Ripon's motorcycle traffic officer who was back on the street Wednesday morning with an eye toward moving violations.
It is billed to be a senior health fair like none other to date in Ripon starting with a five mile walk at 8 a.m. from the Bethany Home Town Square, Main Street campus on Friday.
It was the beginning of "Van" Van Vught's second retirement when he turned in his VIPS' badge Tuesday after serving in the volunteer police organization for nearly 20 years in support of the officers on the street in Ripon.
On the Ripon High campus Friday students were all smiles and excitement as they realized the always-sacred countdown to the end of the school year was finally over.
Freedom is never more than one generation away, Memorial Day keynote speaker, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, told a hushed crowd at the Ripon Cemetery Monday morning.
Citizenship and Trustee awards were handed out last week to students at the five Ripon elementary schools during graduations held throughout the district.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
That freedom is not free is a truth that Ripon residents are reminded of year after year in the city's Memorial Day Observances planned jointly by the American Legion 190 and Veterans of Foreign Wars 1051 posts.
Ripon High Valedictorian Ruth Waters is the epitome of a student-athlete.
The handmade rustic sign reads: "Grandpa's Flower Patch. Only God can make a flower. Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matt 6:29."