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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



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.

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