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Billy Meyer

I waited until my senior year to care about my grades. Even though I was on th honor roll it wasn't good enough. My GPA was way too low to get much of anything in the way of college acceptance.

Make sure you put forth the effort the first time. That way you won't have to try and make up for your mistakes later.

Ryan Ritter

Take some time to really think about what you want to do in life, and then do anything you can to work towards that goal. But, above all else, remain true to who you are, and have as much fun as possible. Life is too short to not have a bit of fun every day.

Linda Hellebrand

My fondest memory is being the "new kid" in second grade and being assigned a "big sister" to show me the ropes,,,,she turned out to be my best friend for the rest of our school years and to this day.

Shelby Burns

People always told me: High school doesn't matter, they look at your ACT/SAT scores most... It doesn't matter how you do in high school. They were WRONG, every college, grant or scholarship application I have filled out requests both your High School GPA AND your class rank, which I feel is an extremely skewed statistic, but they DO look at your high school stuff, moral of the story!

carol vale

My favorite memory was riding the school bus for the 1st time.

Carolyn Twardowski

Kids today seem to grow up faster than when I was a kid. They wear make-up sooner, 'sexy' clothes sooner, etc. Kids need to be kids & not little adults. They will be in the adult world soon enough so don't rush it & enjoy being a kid... but not always in front of the TV.

Mary Otto

Riding my horse in my kindergarten parade the first week of school! First and still only kid to do that!

Kelli Stone

Best advice I can give: live in the moment you are in and make it count for you. Don't worry about trying to out-do anyone else, try instead to always out-do your own best. Stretch to grow, practice empathy and believe in the validity of your place in this world. And if all else fails, laugh, because that makes everything seem better!

Stephanie Fitkin

The start of my 8th grade, my school asked me and a friend to do a demo of different styles of horseback riding. Best use of that football field ever!

NJ

The best advice I have for the younger generation is to be your own person and don't be afraid to break away from the path and not follow people or do things to just be apart of the "cool" or "popular" group(s). One of the best things when I changed schools was that I told myself I wouldn't make changes to me just to be friends with the popular people, and in the end those people came to me as a friend and respected me more because I was strong enough to be my own person.

One of my favorite memories is when my class visited a community for mentally handicapped individuals. One gentleman came up to me and tried to communicate and when he realized I didn't understand what he wanted he became very frustrated with me and then he grabbed my hand and held it very tightly for a minute and then walked away. I broke down in tears because I felt so weak and incapable of communication because I couldn't understand him. That trip will stay in my memory and now I do whatever I can to communicate properly with and understand people no matter how they communicate... sometimes a smile or the touch of your hand is all that needs to be shared and it can make the world to someone.

Colette Jackson

My best advice is to try it all. Be involved, you'll meet new people and find your likes and dislikes. But you'll never know who you are or what you're capable of unless you investigate the possibilities. So whether its cheerleading or chess club check it out.

Carla Leslie

Whether you are just starting school in Kindergarten or in your last year as a Senior, allow yourself to dream and discover what you are passionate about. Pursue what you love and you will not wake every day dreading going to work at a job you hate.
Every day you will be thrilled and ecstatic to work your shift, always looking forward to the next one. Therefore if you choose to seek out what you are enthusiastic about in your career, you will NEVER have to work a day in your life.

Laura

My favorite back to school memory is every year getting new clothes and what wear the first day of school

Lynn Blatta

What I hope is that everyone can enjoy school including the teachers. Work hard now it will get you a long way in life. The time goes so fast don't waste any of it.
PS. Love our Ariat Boots have a pair for every season.

Laura M Freilino

The best advice I have to give the younger generation is to stay involved in one sport and "work hard and treat people fair" everything else will be okay. God Bless.

Donna Mannon

My most favorite "back to school" was the year my son started high school and my daughter started kindergarten. They are almost 10 years apart in age. Helping with homework was very interesting at our house!Now my son owns his own home and my daughter will be a junior in high school... my how time flies!
PS We wear Ariats at our house! Even our German Shorthair prefers to chew on Ariats! They are that GOOD!!! :)

Patricia Dodson

My favorite memory was walking to get on the bus and meeting all my friends and later when I would come home and get off the bus my dog would greet me and follow me home.

Melody Wesson

Having to get a pair of oxfords at the beginning of school so they would last all year. Would have loved to have had boots!

Kris M.

Childhood goes by so fast. Spend this time learning new things, enjoying life and being the best person you can be. Be honest and fair in judgement. Be a good friend to have good friends. Put forth an honest effort towards any activity (test, paper, sport, etc) you are going to participate in. And no matter what everyone else is doing, be yourself and make your own decisions.

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