Friday brought a full circle of success in and out of the classroom for area high school students. They found some finish lines they’ve been waiting for.
Athletes were crossing them at the State Track Meet. Other students were finding them as the school year drew to a close.
Cassidy Bentley, of Bbruning-Davenport-Shickley High was on the sidelines at the meet and said she’s, "just seeing some of the girls I used to play with and stuff work hard, improve every year. It is kind of awesome to see the difference from last year to this year."
Thousands of student athletes are at Burke High for the state meet.
Axtell’s Jordan Miller said, "The kids are just really focused. I know my sister was really, she's really been working hard all year and improving every meet. She just wants to do her best and she works really hard day-in and day-out."
The last day of school here Ralston High brought another sort of finish line.
Ralston senior Eric Lepert said, "It was tough. There is lots of studying. Gotta keep up on your grades, you know. It's worth it in the end.”
Lepert knows what that means next.
“I'm going to join the Navy after I graduate, while going to UNL," he said.
While Lepert was eyeing the challenges of the future, the athletes back at the track meet had more immediate goals in mind.
Rhet Dierks of Sterling said, “We push each other every day. Sometimes we hate each other and sometimes we are best friends. So it is pretty great."
Lessons in life - in and out of the classroom.