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Valedictorian: We'll always remember the friendships made

Good evening, friends and family, ladies and gentlemen, administrators and teachers. Before I get started, I would like to thank you all for giving me this opportunity to speak in front of you on this momentous day. I have long awaited the day th...

Pine River-Backus valedictorian and class president Troy Fetter makes air quotes when talking about being "sophisticated" sophomores during his senior class welcome speech at the commencement ceremony Friday, May 27. Photo by Nancy Vogt
Pine River-Backus valedictorian and class president Troy Fetter makes air quotes when talking about being "sophisticated" sophomores during his senior class welcome speech at the commencement ceremony Friday, May 27. Photo by Nancy Vogt

Good evening, friends and family, ladies and gentlemen, administrators and teachers.

Before I get started, I would like to thank you all for giving me this opportunity to speak in front of you on this momentous day. I have long awaited the day that I could be here with my fellow classmates, for it was only four short years ago that we started high school. Now, it is our time to leave.

How did the time fly? It seems like only yesterday that we were young freshman looking at our upperclassmen for guidance. Now, we are the upperclassmen, the seniors who stand here ready to graduate and move out into the big wide world, yet we can't help but to look back.

How will we remember this time that we have spent here? When we were freshmen, we did it in class periods. We would count down until the hour we were freed.

As weeks of school passed, we measured time in semesters, and later in years as we went from being naive freshmen to being "sophisticated" sophomores. By the time we reached our junior year, we were prepared to take over for the seniors.

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And now here we stand. Our time as upperclassmen is over and it is up to the next class to fill our shoes and take over.

I know that as I look out to all of you, I will measure my time a little differently. I will measure it in all the friendships that I have made over the past four years. Some may not be as strong as others, but I will always remember each one tenderly, as I'm sure all of you will too.

And when our memories of high school begin to fade, that is how we will measure our time spent here, not in class periods or semesters, but in the friendships that we have made and all of the time that we have spent together.

As we begin to go our separate ways this summer, remember that communication with one another will play an important role in maintaining our friendships. The way that we follow through with staying in contact will really prove how strong we are as a class.

When we move forward, there will be bumps along the road, but we will always have each other to confide in. With this in mind, we should leave high school not worrying about being on our own, but instead we should leave with confidence for we know that we will have many other people to support us along the way.

So, while we travel down these unknown roads, I want each of you to be strong. Not only for your friends around you, but also for the people in the community that have worked very hard to get us to where we are now. Without their help, we would not have been able to grow and learn as much as we have.

For that, I want to thank all of you for the time and effort you have put into pushing us to reach our goals. Some of you might have played a greater role in our lives than others, but each of you has had an impact on us in one way or another

Well, class of 2016, I want to wish you all the best of luck as you move on and hopefully you all remember that graduation is just the beginning.

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