CHESTERTOWN The Class of 2007 graduated from North Warren last Saturday with memories, smiles and tears.
Our memorable days of wandering into first period half asleep and living off the schools bean burritos and nachos are over, said Salutatorian LeeAnn Rohm. We have just barely begun the trip on the roller coaster of life and already it seems like weve had quite a ride.
Rohm said that the 43 graduates stood on stage, all full of secrets.
We have interests and talents that exist independent of math, English, science and social studies, she said. And our real destinations are secret, even from ourselves.
Rohm charged her classmates to cherish life.
We get too caught up in the constant rush of everything to realize that this place, this life, is miraculous, she said. Explore everything life has to offer and live everyday to the fullest.
She challenged the class to identify opportunities and pursue them.
We can make a substantial difference in our world, she said. Its up to us right now.
Valedictorian Jen Beckler spoke of the courage of Helen Keller.
Helen Keller once said Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. she said. This statement was made by a blind, deaf woman that did not climb mountains or sail the seas, but simply learned to speak.
Now that high school has ended for the graduates, Beckler said its time to learn a life lesson.
Take a minute and figure out how much you enjoyed or detested your own high school experience, she said. Did you dare? Did you talk with everyone you were interested in? Did you participate in every activity you wanted to?
She said anyone that did had a remarkable experience.
Building friendships, expanding your perspectives and learning about yourself; if you didnt enjoy yourself so much, then realize it now: all the options available to you...Dont let anything hold you back.
Beckler said that from now on, graduates would no longer be interacting with people molding them in a childhood image.
The world at large is expecting big things from us, she said. Interest encourages us to do, but enthusiasm drives us to accomplish. You do change the world around you whether you try to or not, so you might as well be enthusiastic about what you do.