Congratulations to all our 2020 high school graduates. Although this is a very unique and challenging time, each student should be proud of this great accomplishment and excited about the many opportunities ahead.
Many students are likely disheartened that their senior year experience was cut short. Our whole community stands behind these young adults, and we are proud of their success in earning their high school diplomas. To celebrate this milestone, a group of Hancock County residents have created a program to adopt a 2020 senior by sending them a card, gift or another kind token to commemorate the end of their high school career.
While they can't attend prom, enjoy final classes and sports with their peers or experience other traditions typical of a senior year, our community is coming together to make sure they are celebrated. I encourage those who are able to consider adopting a senior through this program. More information can be found on the Facebook group named, "Hancock IN Adopt a 2020 Senior."
It may be a different ending to the school year than normal, but each student still has an exciting future ahead of them. Whether planning to attend college, learning a trade, entering the workforce or joining the military, there are many paths to take, with several state resources available to help.
Seniors looking for resources and guidance regarding college and their careers should visit LearnMoreIndiana.org for a variety of resources to help plan and prepare for the future.
For job seekers, IndianaCareerConnect.com helps in creating resumes and locating career opportunities around the state. The Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready program is another resource, providing free training for Hoosiers in high-demand fields. More information can be found at NextLevelJobs.com.
Those interested in serving our country through the United States Armed Forces can visit www.TodaysMilitary.com to find information on educational benefits and military career options.
This graduating class has successfully navigated an unusual and difficult time. Whichever path these graduates take, I am confident they have a bright future ahead of them. As always, my office is here to assist our community. For questions or input, please contact me by phone at 317-232-9651 or email at H53@iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,
which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.
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