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Plattsburgh High School waves farewell to the class of 2008

PLATTSBURGH One hundred and sixty-three students from Plattsburgh High School received their diplomas at this years graduation ceremony held at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh Field House June 28. After a brief introduction by superintendent James Short, and a song by the senior chorus members, co-valedictorian Morgan McKinney took the stage with her speech titled Make a Difference in the World. After acknowledging friends, family, faculty and most of all, the Plattsburgh Senior High School Class of 2008, McKinney gave strong words of inspiration. In the midst of so much energy and promise, I ask you to take serious your responsibility as scholars and citizens of the world, stated McKinney. Our composite efforts can mold the legacy of this generation; at the very least we are duty bound to try. This is your task class of 2008. McKinney continued by giving a list of various global issues affecting the world and the people in it. It is not enough to be aware and concerned about our nations struggles, we must be moved to action, she said. I urge you, my classmates, to be activists. Humbled by our own limitations, common sense will tempt us to welter in the comfort of our daily routine, added McKinney. But know this, each of us is capable of miracles. McKinney continued by saying, Comfort will not be convincingly secured on ones own but only in cooperation with others. She then asked, Why then shouldnt we begin to act separately, but think collectively? Use your energy, voice and influence to take on the worlds inequities and resolve them. At the end of her speech, McKinney expressed her hopes for her fellow classmates. I hope you disregard anyone who measures you by the salary you earn and instead assess your humanity. Prosper in the compassionate citizenship you yourselves influenced, and borrowing the motto from my new alma mater, Creo a distincuts obviam orbis Make a difference in the world.

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