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Adolescent Rites of Passage - Something of Monumental Importance Has Been Lost

Building Personal Strength

Louise Carus Mahdi, et al (1996); and From Boys to Men: Spiritual Rites of Passage in an Indulgent Age , by Bret Stephenson (2006). At age 18, after 12 years at the top of my class, I gave the valedictory address at my high school graduation. In other words, I was involved in a process that helped me develop personal strengths that would help me throughout my life and careers -and be recognized for doing so! Copyright 2013.