“High school has prepared us to take the next step in our lives, whether it be our education, a full-time job or dedication to family,” said Class President Catherine Lindsay. “As we move on to the next stage in our lives, I think the most important thing is for us to attack our lives with determination and a keen interest. Don’t sit back and let things happen to you but take an active role, seek out opportunities and make most of the ones you find.”
“You didn’t do this all by yourself,” Board of Education Chairman John Keegan said. “You worked hard but along the way you may have been inspired by a teacher, a coach, by a neighbor or a friend or a parent, and all these folks contributed to making this day happen for you and they’re very important and they need recognition and respect.”
Mayor Scott Jackson said he remembers the day he was sitting in the students’ seats when he graduated in 1989.
“Twenty-five years from sitting in this seat, it makes you think of things, it makes you remember how great you were on this day,” he said, “and you need to remember how great you are on this day.”
He offered a piece of advice: “Buy a composition book and write everyday about how great you are so that when you’re my age you can look back on it and remember and inspire.”
The class boasted two Valedictorians: Anthony Mills and Rachel Jones.
“Whatever you end up doing, do it well and make us proud,” Mills told his classmates. “As you dare to venture out into the dark abyss that is the real world, I have a couple friendly words of advice for you: rules are only a suggestion. Always remember that. Procrastination is not that bad. You don’t have to work hard, you have to work smart. And variety is the spice of life.
“No matter where you go after today, high school is over and a new chapter in your life is about to begin,” Jones said. “It doesn’t matter if high school was the best or worst time of your life what matters is how you move forward. We have accomplished so much already but it doesn’t stop here.”