The shame is that next year, they head off to college and they'll be another learning curve. They'll be out on their own and learning to be adults, yes, but they'll be spending at least the first year and a half of college back in normal, "general studies" style, courses before they can really start moving forward. It's a shame there needs to be that regression, because I feel like many of them, with a year or two of intense college training, would be ready to jump into the workforce and hit the ground running. Instead, they'll be waiting to launch for another four.
Of course, I know they can't stay here. This institutionalized system is now beyond them and they need something different. Perhaps the very reason they've all finally become fully mature and impressive people is because it's over. Whether it was consciously or not, they've paced themselves until the end and only now do they reveal their true power. I think the trick next year is going to be to access this soon. I think I underutilized a lot of their ability this year. It's here now...but time is up.