Charles Whisenant, Editor

Charles Whisenant is the editor of The Arab Tribune. He can be reached at

This is my annual warning to new high school seniors.

Congratulations to the new seniors at Arab High School, Brindlee Mountain High School, and every other high school, for that matter.

You made it!

You can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel that has been your 13 years of education. You are just 10 short months away from walking across the football field in May and getting your high school diploma from your principal.

But hold on just a minute.

If you seniors don’t pay attention to anything else, and, let’s face it, you have a lot to pay attention to this year, please heed this advice:

Don’t wish your senior year away.

Don’t let your rush to get out of high school and into the work force, trade school or into college cause you to forget to enjoy your senior year of high school.

Trust us – your senior year will be over before you know it.

Take the time to enjoy it. Go to the dances. Go to the games. Go to the other events that are unique to the high school experience.

Next May while you are sitting on the field wearing your cap and gown, you will be thinking, “Wait just a minute – didn’t we just go to homecoming?!”

Your parents are proud of you for becoming a senior.

But they are terrified for you for what’s next in your life, and they aren’t wishing away your senior year.

You shouldn’t, either.

It’s the last year you all will be together. Soon enough you will throw your mortar boards into the air and walk away from your school, diploma in hand, and enter the next phase of your life.

Yes, it’s exciting.

But slow down.

Take the time to enjoy it.

(1) comment


According to one study, four of the top five activities most commonly cited by seniors as being their favorites are, by their nature, very active. They include walking and jogging, gardening and yard work, playing sports, and other physical pursuits.

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