Elizabethtown-Lewis graduate Hunter Mowery receives his diploma from father, Bob, a former school board of education member.
The Elizabethtown-Lewis Class of 2012 looked toward the future June 22 with a different take than usual.
“The one question that never fails to be asked is are you prepared,” salutatorian Ezekiel Diemand said, “For pride’s sake, we all answer that we are when in reality, not a one of us is prepared.”
Diemand said that preparation is a life-long process as he and his classmates continue through life.
“Nothing prepares us for that next step which we are all getting ready to go through,” he said. “The sooner we can admit how unprepared we are, the sooner we can start to fix our problems and truly prepare for what is ahead. All we can hope throughout our life we learn from our experience and continue to prepare for what we are not ready for.”
Diemand also said that he hoped the class would allow themselves to live in the present.
“Let yourself be a part of life,” he said. “Many people stress out over what they want to major in or what they want to do when those are really just small details. You can have all of the money and fans in the, but without happiness, you have nothing.”
Valedictorian Jeremy Rushby talked about the determination that his class showed in school on the sports field and in life.
“The most important thing that we have learned here is how to face challenges head on,” Rushby said. “We always put forth a valiant effort against the opponents we faced on the sports field. This class is competitive and works hard to accomplish their goals.”
Rushby also took a moment to talk about classmate Brock Marvin, a heart transplant recipient.
“The greatest example of fighters can be found in Brock and his family,” he said. “We were very fortunate to have him back for our senior year. He is an inspiration to us all.”
Rushby ended by thanking teachers, coaches, advisors and parents for their dedication to the class.
“We thank the parents for all the help that they have given us, hauling us around to practices, fundraisers, games and many afterschool events,” he said.
English teacher Sarah Rice paid tribute to the class with a poem about each one, adding that she felt they had the tools needed for the next steps in life.
“You are a remarkable group of young adults, and I look forward to hearing about all of your great successes,” Rice said. “Most graduation speeches focus on the important building blocks of success. I think that every person on this stage already understand those concepts. They have been raised well.”
Rice also said she hoped the graduates would live for the moment.
“Find something meaningful, memorable and important about each day of their lives,” she said. “Feel truly thankful for what they have right in that moment. Let people know that they mean something to you.”
Brian Gay contributed to this story.