ROGERS CITY - With a toss of their caps and a spray of Silly String the 2012 graduating class in Rogers City said farewell to its high school days and graduates set their sights on what lies ahead. Some have committed to the military, while others will continue their education at the college level. Sunday's graduation, however, was a time to remember the past, but also ponder the future.
"Graduation is a time to reflect on what it took to get here and dream about where you are going," Superintendent Katy Makowski said. "When you look back on your life you will vividly recall celebrations as well as challenges. Every experience is a lesson to learn and a chance to to who you want to be. Even when you make a mistake, and you will because we all make them, it is an opportunity to learn from it and it will help you grow into that person."
Markowski told her students there are many who are there to help them moving forward and there are certain responsibilities they have as they move on beyond high school. She said success should be celebrated, but while doing so, be cautious.
"There will be obstacles in your life and events that will change you. Hold true to yourself, gain strength from your friends, family and community and don't forget we are all here to support you," Makowski said." Remember, life is a great balancing act and how you tackle the challenges in your life will determine who you are. How you handle celebrations in your life will also paint a picture of who you are. Be safe, be smart and be responsible."
Salutatorian Linnea Brege spoke to her fellow graduates and said she wishes them the best moving forward and can stay close, even if they won't see each other every day.
"I sincerely hope that each and every one of finds that your life is worthwhile and one that you are proud of," Brege said. "I want to thank you class of 2012 for the experience high school has turned out to be. Every one of you helped shape my life in some way, big or small and I want to thank you for that.
"I will remember this time we have spent together for the rest of my life. I hope and pray that one day our futures are everything we hoped them to be. They may not be exactly how we predicted them to be, but that's all right. Life has a tendency to throw us a curveball when your expecting a fastball. You just have to adjust and swing away."
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