"The things we have done as a class and individually have prepared us for our future," she added.
Valedictorian Tara Robare urged graduates at Willsboro to try new experiences, realize their true potential, and not let their limitations become an excuse.
"Not very many people can say that they came from a graduating class of 25 and a rural school that houses a little more than 300 pre-K to 12th grade students in one building," noted Robare, "but this doesn't mean that we can't be smart. We can be smart and excel in school even if we came from a small town. Our size may be one of our limitations but it is also one of our greatest assets."
Krystal Porter, class salutatorian, told a growing-up story using her favorite childhood toy, reminding graduates that it was okay to grow, change, and make new friends while knowing the old ones would still be there.
"Remember to take a keepsake with you to share the adventures that are to come and to serve as a means of comfort," said Porter.
For reports on commencement ceremonies at Elizabethtown-Lewis, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Westport, check next week's issue of The Valley News.