PLATTSBURGH - Choices and adventures are what the salutatorian and valedictorian of Northeastern Clinton Central School focused on when speaking to their 130 classmates during the school's commencement ceremonies June 25.
The ceremony was held at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh Field House where the students walked in, smiling proudly, and listened to salutatorian Rebekah Grim as she helped them to understand the phrase "Life is about choices."
"How our lives play out depends on the choices we make along the way," Grim said. "When we are young, the choices are simple and few, yet we make them each day. As we get older, we are faced with more difficult choices - we choose our friends, our goals for the future, and how we plan to obtain them."
Grim recognized the choices she and her classmates made grew with them until they became high school seniors.
"This year was undoubtedly filled with the biggest decisions we have ever had to make," she said. "We chose whether or not to attend college, which colleges to apply to, which one to enroll in, and what we will study while we are there."
In the end, Grim felt her most valuable lesson learned at NCCS was "the power of choices."
"After we leave here tonight, I hope everyone in this room will use that power wisely and continue to choose not only what is best for themselves, but what is best for those that surround them," she said.
"Graduation is a new beginning, the start of our new life," said valedictorian Sylvia Horne. "Soon, we will be off on our own, away from our parents in completely new surroundings. However, we must not make a habit of overlooking the experience of the last four years."
Horne compared high school to an adventure, including the ups and downs - mountains and valleys.