Gratitude vital element of graduates’ success

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, June 26, 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 West Lincoln Salutatorian Blake Travis.

     On behalf of the class of 2012, I would like to convey a special welcome to the teachers, administrators, faculty, assistants and all attendants to the graduating ceremony for the West Lincoln Class of 2012. There are many groups of people that have made this night possible for each of the graduates before you tonight. We owe these important people an expression of our gratitude. First, I would like to give personal thanks to my family, friends, and most importantly, God, for the support and encouragement unconditionally given over the past four years.

     Also, to the teachers and staff of West Lincoln, thank you for bestowing your knowledge and guidance upon me and my classmates throughout our time here. You have given me invaluable knowledge and lessons that I will forever treasure and that will most certainly aid all of us in our future endeavors.

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     Next, to my friends and family, I thank you for the continuous support and encouragement that you have given me. Without you, I would not be where I am today. West Lincoln parents and supporters have always encouraged students to be successful in all that we undertake. This encouragement helps to prepare us to meet the new world of challenges we are about to face with greater confidence.

     Most importantly, I would like to thank God for bestowing me with this academic honor and all the privileges I have. I thank God for placing me in the position that I am in today, and I hope to use all my talents to honor Him throughout my life.

     Lastly, to my fellow graduates, I wish you all the very best in your future and offer you my sincere congratulations for accomplishing this incredible achievement in our lives. I challenge each and every one of you to always keep God first in everything that you do, seek His guidance, walk by Him closely in every situation, continuously humble yourselves before Him, and He will surely reward you for it.

     I leave you with a few familiar words from Coach Addison, “Don’t do anything to embarrass yourself, your family, or your school.” Thank you.

     Blake Travis is the son of Steve and Sandra Travis.