The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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June 25, 2012

Class of 2012

Medina grads encouraged to embrace change, opportunity

Medina Journal-Register — According to Medina High School Valedictorian Casidhe Holland, Friday night’s Medina High School graduation ceremony was the first step on a long journey.

“From here on out we start the rest of our lives,” she said. “I don’t believe there will ever again be a time in our lives when we have this much promise, this much opportunity to become more of what we want to be.”

Holland spoke to a packed Snyder Auditorium at MHS as she was among 136 graduates to receive a diploma.

Salutatorian William Barber also addressed the crowd, and he too spoke of opportunity, albeit in the past tense.

Alluding to his grades, Barber said, “For all the time I spent chasing perfection, even though my heart wasn’t in it, i could have been doing things i love to do.

“There are people up here on this stage that are already better at their future careers than any of the esteemed top 10 will be by the time our four expensive years of college are over,” he added. “And there are people who had some of the best years of their lives while us scholars slogged through piles of homework and hated every second of it.

“But in the end, it’s hard to say who’s right.”

While Barber alluded to maybe doing some things differently if given the chance, Holland said the choices made and moments experienced help mold each person into who they are as they enter the world.

In sharing her favorite quote, she said, “Mostly we don’t remember the days, we remember the moments.”

Moments, spent either with the whole class or with one’s closest friends, are the moments that “made us who we are, so take them with you,” she added.

The class speakers also spoke of change in a lighthearted way. Barber recalled how the class of 2012 has been followed by change. He said when the class was in second grade, a playground was built at Towne School, but the class left before it could enjoy it. Then in fifth grade, something similar happened at Oak Orchard.

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