Guest Opinions: Voices from the Class of 2012
As is our tradition, this week we turn this space over to comments made by students speaking at the Poway and Rancho Bernardo high schools graduation ceremonies. This year we add Del Norte High School, which graduated its first class of seniors.
No one here knows what to expect in the next couple of years. There are bound to be a few mistakes. We will all make a couple wrong turns. But we will be able to fix our mistakes, to right our wrongs, because our time here at Poway High School has prepared us…
Yes, the English department made sure that we can all talk good, and the Math department has made sure that we know that if n=12, we can find out what –n equals, but Poway High School has taught us so much more than that.
Poway High School, more than anything, has taught us how to fight. We fight for our school, we fight for our teams, but, most importantly, we fight for each other. As you all know by now, things don’t always go as planned. We have all struggled and we have all suffered. But, through our sorrow, we came together as a family. We are more than a class. The friendships we have made the last four years are a bond that each and every one of us shares. Through teaching us how to fight, Poway High School has taught us how to stand up for one another. And this is the most important lesson in life.
Look to your left, and now to your right. While you may not have eaten lunch with this person, or maybe you have never seen him or her before this morning at rehearsal, I guarantee you that they have seen the same things you have. They have been with you through the lows, and celebrated the same highs. We are all connected through our experiences. So as you go out into the world, you are not alone. You have 600 friends sprawled throughout the country and the world.
Joe Fromm, Valedictorian, Poway High School
We founded Del Norte with the creativity of our minds, faith in our school, and dreams for our future…We all came from different schools and backgrounds, but we made this school what we wanted it to be for ourselves and for all of those who will be sitting in robes on this field after us. I couldn’t think of a better legacy to leave behind…
Looking forward, our toes shuffle cautiously up to a whole new ledge, new adventure and new jump. As the plane has taken off, Del Norte has thrust a new sense of bravery upon us.
We leave these halls with helmets strapped on our heads, harnesses securely tightened and parachutes at the ready. We leave these halls prepared for flight. Our education has provided us with curiosity, leadership, adaptability and imagination in an ever changing world. We now uphold the responsibility that whatever our pursuit is in life, we must follow it with unyielding courage and passion. Our world is at crossroads, and we are here to define the path of the world.
Katie Boyle, Senior class speaker, Del Norte High School
This is both an exciting and scary time. For one, we will be leaving behind the school that has nurtured us and our homes. There won’t be anyone telling us when to eat lunch or to do homework. And at some point, we will probably have to learn how to cook instead of eating ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But wherever the next few years takes us, whether it be attending university, joining the workforce, or honorably serving in the military, our futures are bright and filled with possibilities.
As we begin the next phase of our lives, our dreams and passions will take us to unexpected places. Wherever we go, the wise philosopher Confucius reminds us to “go with all your heart.” Life is too short for us to not act with sincerity, with thought, and with conviction. Perhaps a simpler way to put it would be in the words of Canadian rapper Drake – You only live once. So let’s do it.
Helen Fang, Valedictorian, Rancho Bernardo High
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