Valedictorian Alicia Ashe likened the class's maturing to the process of boiling maple sap for syrup.
"We were the sap entering the school as five-year-olds," she said. "The elementary teachers got us ready for what was coming in the next years. The middle and high school teachers have been carefully watching us and waiting for our brains to be filled with elementary knowledge so that they could soon have the opportunity to gather us."
"It doesn't always turn out the same," Ashe added. "There are different grades such as A, B, Dark, Light, or Fancy, but that's okay because everyone has their own taste in syrup. Fortunately, everyone in the class is different; we all strive to do and experience varied things with our lives."
"Real maple syrup is valuable. It's not everywhere and in every store. That's the way I look at the class of 2009; valuable and rare. It takes forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. It takes lots of education to make one professional. Whether it is to run your own lawn care business, become a nurse, a surveyor, a journalist, a forest ranger, or a doctor of pharmacy, we all have something to give in this world, and we are ready."