PLATTSBURGH - When it came to thinking about her time spent at Saranac Central School, it was a matter of counting the minutes for Kayla Brooks.
Brooks, who served as valedictorian of this year's senior class, addressed her 140 fellow graduates during the school's annual commencement exercises June 24 at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, breaking their time spent in high school down into some serious numbers. During the past four years, Brooks' class was required to attend 720 days of school, which she broke down into 17,280 minutes between class periods, 6,480 periods of class amounting to 259,200 minutes of class time.
"Some of you slept through some or most of that. Some of you watched the clock for quite a few of those 259,000 minutes. Some of you may have actually learned something, which is probably a positive thing," said Brooks.
"The reason I've decided to tell you these things isn't because I wanted you to listen to me rambling off numbers and facts, but because the past four years are four years I don't think we should let ourselves forget," she added, noting the time they've spent in high school is a bittersweet memory.
When reflecting on moving onto their next chapter in life, Brooks said she was reminded of the old adage"When one door closes, another one opens." That saying, she said, is one she doesn't totally agree with.
"If we allow ourselves to shut this door completely, we won't be able to learn from our experiences for the future," said Brooks.
And, when it comes to the future, the possibilities are endless, said Brooks. Though some may say high school can be the best time of one's life, Brooks feels the best is yet to come.
"While high school was awesome, I'd like to think there are bigger things for all of us," she said.