Editor’s note: Following are some selections from the speeches made by some of our local valedictorians.
Making it through High School is only the beginning of bigger things. Some of us are going away to post-secondary education, some to the work force, and some returning to determine what they truly want to be. I think this is a remarkable time in all of our lives. Choosing our future is a very important task and unfortunately we don’t have time as our luxury. With this in mind make sure that you find something that makes you want to wake up in the morning. I believe that this is very important to our success in our adult lives.
A very successful man once told me that if you are doing something you hate you will lose your mind on the rough days, but if it is something you love it will keep you focused, and work will become something you enjoy. It is important to know what drives you; this is something that can’t be rushed, so if you are still in the grey area keep looking because you will find it eventually. – Cullen MacNaughton, Glengarry District HS
As a class, we have experienced the best times, and unfortunately, some of the hardest times. While we have gone through these experiences, we have always known who we can lean on for a shoulder to cry on, or a friend to laugh with.
Friends as we see them, aren’t just a phase in our lives, and whether we have them forever, or if they were taken from us far too soon, we know that it is the quality of the time spent together, not the quantity that matters. Saying all this, I do agree that time has flown by us as a class, we are thankful for the quality of the time, not just the quantity.
This doesn’t just apply to the friendships we have made, but also to all friendships in the future between colleagues, peers, and anyone else who happens to cross our paths.
As we move on to college, university, the workplace, or any other place in our lives, it is understood that it’s now our own decisions that will make or break our futures.
In high school, while we did have to put effort in to succeed in school, we had a lot of help and flexibility from our teachers, which we are thankful for.
Now, as we approach the future, we know that it is the initiative we take that will bring us success, as we are responsible for our futures, and as we take this initiative, we will achieve all desired prosperity.
When I think about the future, I don’t see an easy road, and no one should be trying to tell you it will be easy.
There will be many times where you find yourself at a crossroad, and with good influences and a good head on your shoulders, which I know most of you have, we can all make it to a place of success. Just remember, the people around you may have been the first to see you succeed, but they sure won’t be the last. Thank you, and congratulations to this year’s 2016 graduating class.
No matter which path you choose in life, always remember this; the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. But in all seriousness, you don't need a perfect plan, because plans change. You don't need a perfect house, because paint fades. Just be who you've dreamed of being, and continue growing into the amazing people I know you are. Be phenomenal or be forgotten. Congratulations class of 2016. – Audrey Smodis-McCune,
Since the first day at CharLan, I noticed something about our teachers and staff. Now before any of you think I’m about to say something bad, I’m not. Not for this speech anyway. What I was going to say was the teachers here care about us, and that makes a real difference. It helps us enjoy classes we may or may not have been forced to sit through. French would’ve been a terrible bore without Mrs. Armstrong’s word games and kahoot class exercises. Another great example of a teacher who really stood out was Mr. Carriere, who as you may know is retiring this year after many years of dedicated teaching. I enjoyed having the pleasure of being taught by him as I’m sure countless others have.
– Adam Cole, Char-Lan
TAGWI VALEDICTORIAN JENNA FREELAND WITH PRINCIPAL GEOFF TRASUK – Jenna Freeland, Tagwi
TR LEGER GRADUATION: TR Leger principal Sandy McInnes shakes hands with Chesterville resident Ashley Monette at the school’s graduation in June. Ms. Monette was the class valedictorian.