High school. I never realized it would bring so many changes. As I walked on to campus my freshman year, my mindset was the same as it was in eighth grade; the young are invincible. And although I was excited to come to high school I had many fears. Would the classes be too hard, would I make new friends, what could I become involved in, and most of all -- what if I get lost? All of these fears eventually subsided and I, along with all of you, found the right classes and the right teachers. We all made new friends. We all got involved in something. During my freshman year, innocence surrounded me and although eventually my shell would crack, not until this year have I broken through. This year I decided that it is time to soar on my own. Graduation is the beginning of a new flight for all of us, the class of 1997.
Confucius once said, "Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fall." As a class, we have done our best not to fail. Pep assemblies, dances, food drives, games, and conquering the senior lot are just some of the things we accomplished. We pulled together as a class and now we have made a difference. We thought we were invincible but we realized when Shaun and Jacki were taken from us, just how mortal and fragile we are. Jacki and Shaun will always be a part of the class of 1997 and we will never forget them.
Now that graduation night is here, I look back and value who each one of us has become, I realize experiences make us who we are and that they are a necessity to grow as an individual. Many of us have attended school together for 13 years, others only one year. Our friendships have been made and now we go onto the next phase in our lives, realizing that no friend is ever gone; our friendship will always be with us, no matter how far away we are from each other.
As friends change, so...