Autumn Olcott is all smiles as she receives her diploma during commencement exercises at Ticonderoga High School June 23.
Photo by Nancy Frasier.
continued Gonyeau urged classmates to expect failure and to learn from it.
“I would be lying to all of you if I said that I, myself, have never failed,” Gonyeau said. “I’d be lying to you if I said that none of the students that are seated here with me today, have never failed, although I’m not entirely sure about Brandon (Russell). He’s pretty consistent. But each and every student here has made it to graduation through failure, because it is through failure that we can truly readjust ourselves and mark ourselves to the pace of excellence that Ticonderoga High School has set for us.
“With these ups and downs at Ticonderoga, we have learned to be resilient, to use a previous day’s mishaps to make the next day better,” he added. “We have learned not to dwell on the past, but, rather, to focus on the future, whether it be in the classroom by failing a math test one day, learning from our mistakes, and coming back the following day ready to slay the next test... or sometimes, in my case, still getting beaten up by the next test. But, always coming back ready to do my best.”
Gonyeau thanked teachers, coaches and others for demanding the best of Ti High students.
“Through four years, these guides have never settled for less than our best and have always pushed us towards greatness,” he said. “From our freshman keyboarding class to meeting with the guidance counselors for our plans after high school, the bar has always been set high. We’ve been encouraged to shoot for the stars, knowing that if we fall short, we will still be in a better spot than had we not tried at all. The point is, this class is persistent and is never satisfied until they have given their best.”