Marissa Titus, Class of 2012 valedictorian, is congratulated following graduation ceremonies at Crown Point Central School.
Crown Point Central School’s Class of 2012 controls its own destiny.
That was message delivered by Marissa Titus, class valedictorian, during commencement exercises June 22.
“Today marks a new chapter in our lives,” Titus told classmates. “From this point on our futures are up to us. After today, we will all be going our separate ways. We will either go to college, join the services or enter the workforce. No matter what we chose I think that it is important that we set no limits on ourselves. We can literally do anything that we want as long as we put our minds to it.
“We are young and have our whole lives ahead of us,” she said. “We can change our minds and take different directions than planned. What matters is that we do something. We have the chance to achieve incredible things and rise above all expectations that have been set for us. So let’s do it.”
Titus quoted legendary basketball coach John Wooden, who observed, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
That comment reflects the Crown Point Class of 2012, Titus noted.
“The Crown Point Central School Class of 2012 is full of potential and is without a doubt capable of great success,” the valedictorian said. “We are an exceptionally talented group of people with bright futures ahead of us.
“The Class of 2012 is an outstanding group,” Titus concluded. “I believe that we will all be very successful. There are some uncertainties ahead of us. These should be used as opportunities for us to choose what path we want to take in life. I will miss all of you next year, but I look forward to hearing of your accomplishments. I’d like to leave you with this quote, ‘All of our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.’ Once again, congratulations and good luck.”
The Crown Point graduation ceremony included awarding of diplomas, presentation of awards and scholarships, a welcome by Superintendent Shari Brannock, presentation of flowers to family members and an address by salutatorian Hailey White.
White urged classmates to accept the challenges that lie ahead.
“Everyone always says enjoy your high school years, they’ll be the best years of your life,” she said. “One thing I have certainly learned in these past four years is that we determine our own future. If you choose to, you can make every year your best. To many of us, our years at Crown Point will be the most cherished time of our lives, and for others, the best years are yet to come. Today, as we leave, we are older, wiser, stronger and ready to face whatever life has in store for each of us.
“We appreciate all our parents, teachers and friends for they have each individually touched us in a way that we cannot explain, White said. “Everyday and every encounter with each person has helped carve us into the unique sculptures we are today.
“So, Class of 2012, this is the end of our reign here at Crown Point Central School,” White concluded. “We came in strong and we’re leaving stronger. I wish you the best in life and in everything you do.”
The Crown Point Central School Class of 2012 includes Ashley Andersen, Samantha Bodette, Brittani Boyle, Keegan Choffat, Jeffrey Clarke, Jake Courcy, Julianne Glebus, James Greenough, Alexis Holman, Cullin Johnston, Tanner Macey, Douglas Marshall, Caleb McGuinness, Brenda Mesones, Jordan Popp, Kortney Scheuer, Austen Stevens, Nathan Tabor, Andrew Talbott, Marissa Titus, Hailey White and Jeremiah Wrest.