Unlimited opportunities await graduates

Published 8:00 pm Friday, June 22, 2012

Editor’s note: Today, The DAILY LEADER continues publication of valedictorian and salutatorian speeches from recent graduation ceremonies at local schools. Today’s address is from Loyd Star Attendance Center Salutatorian April Vice.

     Welcome family, friends and faculty to the celebration of Loyd Star’s Class of 2012’s graduation.

     I would like to thank you in sharing in this special occasion with us. After all, it’s as much your success as it is ours. We would not be here today without your support.

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     I ask you to look closely at the young men and women behind me. They are some of the strongest, most courageous, loyal and loving people I have ever known. It has truly been an honor to grow and mature with them into the young adults you see before you today.

     Allow me to quote 2 Timothy, Chapter 4, verses 6-7: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

     Throughout high school, we have dealt with people doubting our abilities. Today, right now, is one of those moments when we can say we have fought a great fight. But it’s not over. People are going to continue to doubt us and tell us that we cannot do this and you can’t do that simply because we are young, but I can say with proof that all things are possible through Christ.

     As seniors, this past year has been both exciting and bittersweet. Exciting because we have worked 13 years toward this proud moment. We have finished the race, only to reach the beginning of something new and more exciting. Incidentally, when running the various races of life, I encourage aiming for third place so you don’t have to make a speech at the end.

     This past year has also been bittersweet; most likely we will never all be together again. We have made memories here that will never be forgotten. We have secrets here that must never be spoken of. We have made friendships here that will last a lifetime.

     Paul was also urging Timothy to keep his faith. Let me tell you, this class certainly has faith. If you had ever been there to witness us take a Trig test, you would know this as well. “Please God, let me pass this test!”

     But in all seriousness, we are not sure what tomorrow may bring. So we hope for the best and prepare for the worst. That is the testimony of our faith.

     Like Paul, I stand before you and encourage you to continue to fight the good fight, to not be afraid to start the next race and to always have faith.

     In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.

     Do not fear making mistakes. Mistakes are necessary for growth. Remember, no regrets, lessons learned.

     Once again, I ask you to look at the young men and women seated behind me. They are some of the strongest, most courageous, loyal and loving people you will ever know. The doors of the world are being opened wide before us. We have unlimited opportunities before us. We are the class of 2012.

     April Vice is the daughter of Rikkie Case.