MINGO JUNCTION - The Indian Creek High School Class of 2013 should never forget their time as Redskins.
According to Valedictorian Anthony Young, the class' time spent at Indian Creek was filled was great memories. He addressed his classmates during commencement exercises Friday night at the Indian Creek Middle School.
"For some, the memories are going to practice or playing in that big game, others remember being in the band," he stated. "The memories can be anything from walking through the rain to and from the portables, to being with friends after school. The memories that we have made are endless. Although we will each go our separate ways, we will always share the memories that we have made together."
ADDRESSES CLASSMATES — Indian Creek High School Valedictorian Anthony Young addressed his classmates during commencement exercises Friday night at the Indian Creek middle school. Salutatorian Ashley Bolitho also wished her classmates well. -- Jess Looman
Young mentioned that looking towards the future can be scary but this is the time to chase dreams.
"We have the ability to choose what we want to do in our future," he stated. "We can set our goals as high as we want them to be, there are no limits. We are beginning a new chapter in our lives, but not a new book. We can use the lessons that we have learned from the previous chapters to better ourselves in the next. The last twelve years of school have created a strong foundation for us to build upon. We have not only gained an education from school, but the years that we have spent at Indian Creek have made us into the strong and unique individuals we are today.
Class of 2013 Salutatorian Ashley Bolitho offered her classmates a few words of wisdom.
"Throughout our lives, we were told that strife and frustration are a part of life," she began."We were told that we are only human and that we will make mistakes. But success and courage are human as well, and that is why we are here today. As long as the sun rises the next day, so will our minds, heads and spirits. We need to be confident in all that we attempt, and we must also realize that our life-book is not closing, but only beginning a new chapter."
She said that the new chapter will include setting goals and attempting to reach them.
"We must learn to continue to ask questions," she noted. "This is valuable in academic, career and social development. Albert Einstein said, "Wisdom is not the product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it." We must include this quote in the new chapter of our lives. We must do our very best to make a difference in whatever we do. We must face the future head-on because it is coming directly towards us. We must make decisions."
"I would not trade this class for any other," Young added. Most of us have been anxiously waiting for this day and to be done with high school, but now that it is here, I am sure that I am not the only one that is going to miss it. Today we celebrate our achievements, glorify the journey that has brought us here, and raise our goals for the future. We must also thank our family, friends, teachers and all of those who have helped us get to this point. We are finally graduating. This is our time."
Young left his classmates with a quote from Walt Disney, "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
Bolitho also referenced a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, stating, "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities may have crept in: forget that as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with all nonsense."