It was the spring of 1991. I was gearing up to begin a new chapter in my life as I was preparing to graduate. It’s hard to believe it has been 30 years since I took that journey that many will be taking this week.

To the Charlton County Class of 2021, you have endured a lot in your young lives…you survived a pandemic for goodness’ sake. I encourage you to enjoy every moment on this journey and don’t forget to thank God, your parents and teachers for helping you reach this major accomplishment. Know that the entire community is proud of you, as evidenced in this week’s issue.

Dare to dream big and set goals in your life. I personally wish you the very best that life has to offer and leave you with the following from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Jamie Gardner