SCHROON LAKE - The Schroon Lake Central School Class of 2009 is well-prepared for the future - whatever it may be.
"Today marks the beginning that all 23 of us enter upon our futures," Nicole Beers, class valedictorian, told classmates at graduation ceremonies June 28. "From this second forward, each one of us have completely different futures in store. Each one will have times of amazement, exhilaration, success, joy, and challenge. When these challenging times arise in your vast futures remember what we have been so lucky to learn in the last 13 years of our lives."
Beers credited teachers, school staff, parents, family and friends with providing the lessons necessary for future success.
The valedictorian urged classmates to seek out happiness, recalling a scene in the movie Night at The Museum II.
"Larry Daley, the night security guard, says to the magically alive statue of Theodore Roosevelt, 'You know how you were telling me that the key to happiness was something, but then the sun came up? I think I figured it out. It's doing what you love.' To this Theodore Roosevelt replies, 'I was going to say diet and exercise, but the love thing is good.'
"Well, I agree with the night security guard, although Roosevelt does have a good point," Beers said. "I wish that all of you find what you love to do. For some it may be reconstructing people's faces as a plastic surgeon, taking criminals off the streets as cops, helping children in Third World countries as a nurse, fighting fires, designing cars, providing guidance to students, making art, freezing memories through photography, cooking, raising a family, or enlightening children's minds through teaching. Wherever your life leads you remember what you know, love what you do, and be happy."
The commencement exercise included the awarding of diplomas and awards to the class.