“Decide what is yours to hold, and let the rest go. Oftentimes, the good things in your life are lighter anyway—so there’s more room for them … You get to pick what your life has time and room for. Be discerning.” These words from Taylor Swift’s speech during the 2022 New York University commencement ceremony greatly reflects the advice that I would give to the graduating class of 2024: Go against the grain, make your own choices and live a happy and dutiful life.
In this education-themed issue of Woodbury Magazine, you’ll meet 12th graders from East Ridge High School, Math and Science Academy, and Woodbury High School in our annual Senior Spotlight feature. I had the pleasure of connecting with each of the four students featured, all of whom are leaving quite the imprint on their school communities.
Writer Jennifer Pitterle heads inside the halls at East Ridge High School and connects with the school’s art department to discuss the school’s new mural. The piece, which mirrors East Ridge’s inclusive community, was created and brought to life by over 150 students.
And in our Tastemakers section, writer Jamie Tjornehoj shares how Twin Cities food blogger Lisa Arnason reinvents the average brown paper bag lunch; from PB&J Tacos to Pizza Roll Ups.
I’m looking forward to seeing the wondrous things that our upcoming school year will bring—and I’d love for you to share what your students are doing. Send me a line at email@example.com.