So Jefferson took bold, decisive actions on the part of the county and it paid off. What does that have to do with the graduates of the Class of 2013, Hebert asked.
“Is he suggesting we take over Canada and Mexico? Not exactly,” he said.
“Today is no different than in Jefferson’s day. We still have threats to our way of life, from terrorists, both foreign and domestic. There is still plenty of Intel conflict and political instability. What we need now are new ideas and innovators in every field of endeavor,” Hebert said.
According to Hebert, there are still many challenges to face and the help of the graduates is needed to solve them.
“The challenges facing our country will require a doubling of our collective skills and intellectual power,” he said.
The superintendent said he is relieved to see the areas of future study and employment the Class of 2013 has chosen span the scope of that challenge.
“Sitting in front of us are future accountants, doctors, welders, soldiers, teachers and yes, perhaps a few politicians,” Hebert said.
All of those talents are needed to make a difference, he added. He told the members of the class to enjoy the moment of celebration and reflection, but not to linger too long because there are some weighty issues to attend to.