HEUVELTON - Heuvelton Central School Superintendent Susan Todd, herself from the HCS Class of 1972, had some sage advice for the 43 graduates of the Class of 2012 last night.
My advice to all the graduates this evening is to dream big, she said.
No problem for the schools 64th graduating class as they filled the Poulton Auditorium with cheers while their families and friends applauded.
Four honor students spoke not only for themselves but for their classmates in their commencement addresses.
It is important to remember that the only constant we can really count on is change, said Connor D. Pierce. That has been a tough lesson for me to learn.
Jacob D. St. Pierre encouraged his classmates to embrace the future and all its unknowns.
Its a scary thing, the future, he said. The mere thought of it can leave even the most courageous people in the fetal position. Yet, now that it is upon us, it has become time for us to step confidently out of that fear and progress forth.
A tearful and emotional Brooke M. Ghize inspired a standing ovation from the auditorium and her classmates with her take on the future.
It may sound cliche, but anything truly is possible, she said. We all have fears. All of us have different ones. Some of us may be afraid of tomorrow, afraid to join the Marines and be away from your friends and family, afraid to finally grow up. But I dont think I can stress enough the message to never give up.
Emily A. Rusts message to her classmates was to never underestimate themselves.
We all possess certain talents and certain skills which through trial and practice, we are able to foster into great qualities, she said.
Class President Jennifer L. Cougler couldnt agree more.
Every one of you can achieve your dreams, she said. Dont settle for mediocre. Be the best you can be.