In her welcoming remarks, Roth focused on the highlights of those 13 school years, both serious and comical, which including students and administrators flubbing secret school lockdown codes, plus an incident in which her mislaid Barbie lunchbox was mistaken for a potential explosive device.
"We're here tonight to witness the end of an amazing journey and the beginning of an even greater adventure," she said, adding some advice to classmates - "Don't forget to have fun, live this life to the absolute fullest, and don't regret anything - just learn from your mistakes."
School superintendent Tim Lawson noted most of tomorrow's jobs don't exist today, and to have a satisfying, prosperous career required a commitment to lifelong learning, adaptability, and solid problem-solving skills.
"The world now beckons you to take the next step on your journey in becoming the workers and leaders of tomorrow," he said.
Principal Doug Duell urged the grads not to become so infatuated with technology that it dominates one's life, but to focus on human values and person-to-person contact.
"Give a firm handshake, look people in the eye, pat people on the back when they do well, take responsibility for your actions and be in the present," he said. "Be a decent human being."
Duell said success stemmed from the peace of mind that accompanies striving to achieve one's full capabilities.
"We adults look to you, the Class of 2010, to make our world a better place," he said. "It will be a daunting task, but you are our future leaders, and we are counting on you."
Salutatorian Whitney Galusha said her class was up for the challenge, despite experiencing mixed emotions.
"As I look around me tonight, I can see that we're ready, ready to move on, ready to explore life," she said. "There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon."