Alex Moore graduated from Port Clinton High School Saturday, but unlike most of her 158 classmates, she took an extra year to do it.
"I've been here for five years so they're getting rid of me as soon as possible," said Moore jokingly. "I'm a little sad, but I'm excited to do completely new things, meet completely different people."
Though Moore took an extra year to complete high school, she should not be considered a slacker. The extra year was spent studying abroad in Italy, and she was one of the five valedictorians.
Moore will be pursuing an interest in photography and languages when she attends Hofstra University in New York City this fall.
In the opening speech of commencement, fellow valedictorian Sarah Boss focused on the future of the class of 2007.
"Today is it. Today marks an ending to an amazing four years, while simultaneously marking a new beginning," Boss said.
Principal G. Ralph Moore, who witnessed his first graduating class as principal, knows that his students are ready for the road ahead.
"They've had the opportunities to prepare themselves for any endeavors they might pursue," he said. "I think the outlook for them is bright."
Superintendent Pat Adkins mentioned three attributes that could help guide the graduates in their future: a sense of humor, passion and integrity.
"Please laugh, love whatever you do and let your word be as good as gold," Adkins said.
Valedictorian Lauren Higgins ended the ceremony with a simple message: Explore. Dream. Discover.
"Please learn new things, explore new worlds and remember this: Carpe diem -- seize the day -- and make your lives extraordinary," Higgins said.