This week we are all proud to celebrate the Ridgefield High School and Ridgefield Alternative High School Class of 2019.This group of over 400 young men and women are intellectual risk takers who have demonstrated the critical, creative and innovative thinking they will use in their professional lives. They can communicate effectively in the 21st century across the variety of contexts they will face. And, they have shown that they possess the personal attributes necessary to be people who are independent, empathetic, resilient and adaptable to whatever they may face in the world.Over the next few years they will embark upon varied paths from traditional 4-year colleges, to community college, to military service, to trades and to journeys of self discovery. They intend to pursue interests ranging from musical theater to journalism, neuroscience, marketing, criminal justice, elementary education, computer science, and so much more. Many, still, are undecided about the focus of their next few years, ready to embrace the interests they have yet to discover.The BOE considers this investment in their future to be a vital part of the future of our graduates' families, the future of our town, and the future of our country. It is the best investment we can make. We are proud of them.