PORT HENRY Life is fragile.
That was a the message delivered by valedictorian Yu Zheng Wang at Moriah Central Schools commencement ceremonies June 22.
Wang spoke of classmates Brian Carpenter and Dave Malbon. A car accident killed Carpenter and severely injured Malbon in 2005.
While striving your best to achieve your goal, remember to enjoy the time of your life as well, Wang said. Appreciate every moment life has to offer because sometimes life is unpredictable.
Two summers ago we all lost someone dear to us, she said. Brian didnt know it would be his time, but he had made the most out of his time here at MCS. Although hes gone, his spirit will always live in our hearts. And although Dave cant graduate with us today, we will always remember the joy he has brought us.
The valedictorian also urged graduates to acknowledge those who have helped them.
Never forget to appreciate the people around us, thank our teachers and parents, Wang said. They are the ones who shaped us from screaming, mischievous kids into mature, talented young adults. They are the ones who guided us toward our dreams. They are ones who are always there to support us when the time is rough.
They may be tough sometimes, but listen to Bill Gates words, If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss., she said. Our parents and teachers are the ones who pushed us to our potential limits and best prepared us for the future. We wouldnt be standing here tonight without them. Its time for them to relax, breathe and take a vacation.
Degrees were awarded to 55 students. The ceremonies included remarks by seniors Amanda Breeyear and Amanda DuRoss as well as Principal Kathy Carr. Third honor student Charles DiLaurenzio delivered the class farewell speech. Salutatorian Stephanie Larmore choose not to speak.