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Valedictorian, salutatorian reflect on past, look toward future

As they move forward, Boliver also reminded her peers they will always have support from the people they've developed long-lasting bonds with during their years at Saranac.

"If there is ever a time in the future when we are going through a difficult time or just need to talk to somebody, there is an entire community willing to help and listen," she said.

Salutatorian Devin Klooster said the "colorful and irreplaceable" members of his graduating class are people he will never forget. In addition to the lifelong friendships and fun times he will carry with him, Klooster said he was also grateful for the education he received from the beginning of kindergarten through his final days as a member of the senior class.

"Our class has definitely done some great things and when we as individuals, all 147 members of our class, came together as a whole, there have definitely been some accomplishments," said Klooster. "We have all grown as individuals and learned the many life lessons that high school has to teach."

Whether it was learning to respect authority and those who have it, having to work with people who aren't always easy to like, or being responsible, there was always a lesson to learn throughout their years of schooling, said Klooster.

"High school is basically like a mini-version of the real thing. And, we are all about to enter the real thing, where the tests are much harder, and the grades actually matter," said Klooster. "It's not always going to be the wonderfully easy life that everyone sugarcoats it to be. There will be successes and accomplishments, and at the same time failures and disappointments."

Klooster quoted the late British statesman Sir Winston Churchill, who said, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."

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