“You’re our greatest resource. You have ideas, talents and dreams.”

Analicia Nicholson
Douglas ESD Superintendent

Dear High School Graduates,

Congratulations to the incredible Class of 2023!

Did you know that since kindergarten you’ve spent 12,000 hours learning at school? You’ve learned how to solve problems and manage time. You’ve gained knowledge and skills.

Your teachers, school staff, administrators, school board members, families, neighbors and friends are tremendously proud of you! This community is proud of you. I’m proud of you.

You’re our greatest resource. You have ideas, talents and dreams.

Your determination will guide you as you enter the workforce, serve in the military or continue your education. You’re prepared to begin your next chapter. There are many more opportunities to learn and grow.

I remember my graduation day from Glide High School. I knew that my diploma was the beginning of my next steps. Of course, I couldn’t predict my exact future, but I knew that I wanted to continue learning about my interests, my community, and most importantly myself.

We all learn every single day.

I encourage you to develop interests beyond your career goals. There are many people who have supported you along the way. Now as an adult, it’s your turn to give back.

No matter what direction your life takes you, you can volunteer. Volunteering will give you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself. Ask yourself how you can use your gifts to help others. Volunteering can also give you a chance to try something new. Plus, you’ll get to meet other amazing people.

You can shape the future in a positive way. You get to make a difference where you live. You get to make a difference in the lives of others. Motivational speaker Dr. Rick Rigby said, “Make an impact, not just an impression.”

Surround yourself with people who believe in you and believe in others. Listen to understand and know that your voice also matters.

I also want you to know that when you have a hard day, tomorrow is often better. If life ever starts to feel really difficult, reach out. Tell someone. There are services and people available to help you.

You’ll always have a home here whether you decide to stay or return to visit. This is your community.

It’s almost time to walk across the stage, accept your diploma and celebrate. We’ll be cheering for you!

Thank you for your commitment to learning. We can’t wait to see what you’ll do.


Analicia Nicholson
Douglas Education Service District Superintendent