Emily Lowe told her class to live with no regrets.
With hair still growing out from her promise of shaving her head when the girls basketball team qualified for state competition, the senior class president addressed fellow graduates with her words of advice.
"My wish is that each of you enjoy your life, do what you want to do and find happiness whatever that may be," Lowe said.
The packed Perkins High School gymnasium wasn't too humid for humor when senior Samuel Boas took to the stage to address his classmates.
Boas, an avid performer, was selected by his classmates to speak in front of the 155 other graduates.
He took the microphone from the podium to address the group informally.
"Look at us here in our mortar boards and nice shiny robes. Look at the person next to you ... maybe that person is your best friend. Or, most likely, the person beside you has a locker next to you and the only thing you share in common is the first letter of your last name,” he said. “But look at them, because they are your classmates. We are the Perkins High School graduating class of 2007.”
On a more serious note, Boas counseled fellow graduates to use three qualities to succeed in life: persistence, flexibility and commitment to education.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart,” he said.
School Board President Brian Printy commended the class for its accomplishments not only athletically and academically, but in having a successful year despite a rocky start due to the teacher strike.
“Rather than be a victim of circumstances beyond their control, they controlled their reaction,” he said.
Perkins class of 2007
Class colors: Black, Silver and Gray
Class song: “No Such Thing,” by John Mayer
Class motto: Do not be afraid of going slowly. Be afraid of standing still.
Class officers: Emily Lowe, president, Adam Redmon, vice president, Danielle Fisher, secretary, Alex Kinsel, secretary and Brooke Ackerman, historian