Graduates are taking best of high school with them

Regardless of what plans each graduate has for after high school, leaving high school marks the first major step toward being recognized as an adult, said Crockett.

"As such, we must begin to accept the responsibilities our society places on adults," he said. "For the greater part of our lives, we have been taking and benefitting from what society has to offer. Upon entering the adult world, however, it is our time to give back, so that others may benefit as we did."

"Years from now, when you look back on high school, I hope you remember at least some of the things you were taught here, but, more importantly, I hope you remember the things that made your experience unique," Crockett added.

"We have among us so many stars in academics, music, and athletics, it has been a challenge to keep up with the standards we have all set," said salutatorian Stephanie DeMane. "Without my classmates' competitive spirit and drive, I would not have been motivated enough to reach the place where I now stand. While I know that my family and teachers helped me a lot throughout high school, the people of my class deserve most of the credit for making my experience here as valuable as it has been."

Senior speaker Kristen Flynn said there have been many friendships forged from experiences in high school, as well as many failures and successes.

"This ceremony may bring our high school career to a close," said Flynn, "but, more importantly, it marks the start of each achievement we will attain in our future.

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