Class of 2014
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I take great pleasure in introducing my guest blogger, Cole Seckman.
Unbeknownst to Cole, I have copied and pasted his Valedictorian speech from my hard drive to my blog.
Cole is the second Valedictorian in the family. His big brother, Caleb was the valedictorian in 2012 and his address can be found Here.
“You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.”
I’ve often heard people say high school is the best time of their life.
I know I will miss walking through the halls of Magnolia. I’ll miss the sound of closing lockers and the chatter in crowded hallways. I’ll especially miss the sound of the dismissal bell at the end of the day.
I will certainly miss that walk from the locker room to the grass of Alumni Field; the sound of coaches’ whistles in practice; and the referees on Friday nights. I’ll even miss hot summer two-a-days and after game lectures. I’ll miss players who are like brothers, and the ones who truly are my brothers.
As for my classmates, most I have known since kindergarten, I will miss you all as we head off on different paths. I think growing up together in a small town develops a special camaraderie that is difficult to duplicate. We know each other’s history and our families. Few classes can say, “there isn’t a stranger in our group.”
And there is no denying, our time at Magnolia High School has been an amazing ride. We’ve accomplished so much from state championships to outstanding academic success.
But the trip isn’t over.
If we believe the best is behind us, we will never move into the future with any sort of speed or success, no one can lead if they refuse to move forward.
For that reason, I hope that each of you remember the days at Magnolia fondly. Always hold fast to your friends, the memories, and the valuable lessons, but also bear in mind that our time at Magnolia was just four years, not our whole life.
|Cole: diploma in hand and he's off!|
Our time in school was our foundation, a single piece of infrastructure in our travels through life. Like a bridge from childhood to adulthood, we have to go all the way across to reach our future. And our futures are filled with endless possibilities, if we agree that we must face forward, not back.
Magnolia, we are eagles, and eagles are meant to fly. And when we fly, we are moving ahead. We stay focused on our goals, ignoring the harshness of the world and any obstacles around us.
Eagles don’t soar above all others by refusing to leave the nest.
And neither will we.
Class of 2014, remember these days, but know for certain this is hardly the end.
Keep flying. Never lag behind because it is the future that truly matters. Each of us has what it takes to forge our own paths, create our own destinies, and go anywhere we want to go.
Thank you and God bless.