Off the beaten path:
Another school year drew to an end Friday with the members of the Breckenridge High School class of 2016 receiving their high school diplomas.
This time of year can bring a wide variety of emotions for many parents, coaches, teachers and students.
Many will cheer and be happy for the students, while some may be sad to see them leave for whatever the reason may be.
The class of 2016 will have a special place to me for years to come.
When I became the Sports Editor of the Breckenridge American three years ago, I did not know what to expect, nor did I know very many people.
I had never been to a Breckenridge sporting event, but after just a few weeks in Breckenridge, I began to understand what I had been missing.
On a personal note, 2016 also marks the 10th year that I have been out of high school.
It was exactly 10 years ago on Thursday that I walked across the stage at Dawson High School in the small west Texas town of Welch, where pump jacks can be seen for miles.
As I sat down to write this column, I couldn’t help but think about what I was doing 10 years ago.
In 2006, I was still 17 years old and had an idea of what my future plans were but did not know how realistic they were.
I knew I wanted to study journalism, but wanted to lean more toward broadcast and not print.
Among the other things that many may not know is that I share a unique relationship with current BISD superintendent Tim Seymore.
Mr. Seymore was my high school superintendent when I graduated.
Fast forward 10 years later, and I find it even more of a coincidence that Mr. Seymore and I have met up once again.
Yes, Mr. Seymore has been in Breckenridge for a little over a year, but I still look up to him as a mentor as a former student of his.
Many of the things that were taught to me by him 10 years ago still stay with me to this day.
Not only can I connect with him as a former student, but now I can relate to him on a professional level.
To the class of 2016, you have had many achievements, both on the field and in the classroom.
It has been my pleasure to attend the games, meets and matches throughout the last three years and document those achievements through articles and photos.
I wish you well in all of your dreams and goals in life and may you fulfill those to the best of your ability.
Remember not to doubt yourself or let other people bring you down, because as we all learned at an early age, you can do anything you set your mind to.
I truly believe several of you will go on to be great young men and women and hope that the lessons you have learned in the athletic program and in the classroom will carry with you into your adult life.
I have seen many of you grow and mature into the bright young men and women that you are today.
As you head out into the real world, remember to soak it up and live life to the fullest. Time flies by, and one day soon you will be like me and looking back 10 years later of all your memories in high school and the friends that you made.