As each student moves forward, each can take with them the wisdom they've accumulated over the last four years of high school, said salutatorian Abby Roberts. And, though they've learned a great deal, she said, there is much more to be learned and much more to be experienced outside the walls of Peru High School.
"I know that I am intimidated by starting college in the fall and saying goodbye to my comfortable and familiar school and small tight-knit community," said Roberts, "but I also realize that I can turn this change into a spectacular chance to lead my future in the direction I would like it to go."
Regardless of what direction each student chooses, Roberts reminded her fellow graduates "every single day we make decisions that affect our lives."
"Right now, at this very moment, we are all deciding our futures," said Roberts. "Take this opportunity to listen, learn, and grow. Listen to your parents, teachers, and friends. Learn from your mistakes and from listening to others. Grow by learning from your past and use it to shape your future."