I am thrilled for our students (thus the worry about bawling) because every one of them has had at least a couple more challenges than the average teen. To get to this point has meant an inordinate amount of blood, sweat, & tears (from them and us alike). It has been an honor teaching them, but I'm most rewarded by the times I connected with them outside of the classroom. I will get more kids to fill these emptying seats, but my heart will always have little pieces missing from the ones who move on.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ~Friedrich Nietzsche