Graduation Day signals the end of one journey and the beginning of another for our area high school students.
While many of those were involved in athletics over the last four years, a small percentage will be sports participants in college.
There were many thrilling team moments and some amazing individual accomplishments by these young men and women during the 2013-14 prep sports season which is near its conclusion.
Last fall, NorthWood's golf girls were second in the regional with Linnzie Richner, Summer Stillson and All-State pick Heidi Morganthaler the top players.
Concord, led by senior Nick Pollock, won a regional tennis crown. Seniors Austin Christner of Fairfield and Josh Garfein of Northridge were individual standouts.
Northridge enjoyed another stellar boys cross country season, finishing eighth in the state with the quintet of Blake O'Dell, Conner Sandt, Neel Patel, James Bradberry and Phil Kilmer.
The Lady Raiders were 16th in the state cross country finals with Morgan Blyly and Olivia Golden leading runners.
Northridge in Class 2A and Westview in 1A captured sectional soccer championships for both boys and girls.
Uriel Macias of West Noble was first-team All-State for boys; Kara Kershner of Northridge first team, Val Ostrowski of NorthWood and Mikaela Zook of Northridge third team among girls.
The amazing Carla Herschberger coaching era in Fairfield volleyball ended with another (3A) sectional crown and Westview was a 2A winner.
Azariah Stahl of Elkhart Central was a first-time All-State phenom in volleyball with Haley Brown and Sierra Smith of Fairfield and Allison Mattingly of NorthWood on the second team.
Veteran football coach Tim Dawson guided Concord to a 5A sectional title while the Jimtown Jimmies prevailed in 3A.
Basketball, swimming and wrestling events were something to look forward to during one of the worst winters weather-wise in our history.