Knock knock. Who’s there?
Boo. Boo who?
Don’t cry, it’s graduation!
Beginning their speech with a lighthearted joke, co-valedictorians Amanda Cahill and Hannah Wadsworth delighted the crowd at Robert J. Bishop stadium Sunday afternoon for the graduation of Clyde High School’s class of 2014.
Cahill and Wadsworth, former stand-outs on the girl’s basketball team, gave worthy words of wisdom in their short speech, advising their 167 other classmates to “make the most of every opportunity” and to not “be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.”
But they weren’t the only ones to entertain the crowd. Two other valedictorians out of five, Jonathan Lewis and Donald Stanley III, provided laughter and jokes of their own, quoting beloved history teacher Chris Krintzline and other faculty members while relating them to the present transition in their lives.
“Who better to quote than Mr. Krintzline?” Lewis said in jest.
Lewis remembered a time when Mr. Krintzline told him that “ice goes in the cooler.”
“The ice is the portion of our lives now, while the cooler is shaping who we are and the future,” Lewis said to his fellow classmates.
Stanley also quoted Krintzline in addition to math teacher Doug Siesel, by relating his quote “you don’t know what you don’t know” to the future.
Salutatorian Brittany Miller couldn’t resist quoting Forrest Gump in her address as she encouraged classmates to “run so hard that people will say ‘Run, Forrest, run!’”
Jokes aside, portions of each speech focused on having pride for their community, including the speech of Nick Buchanan, the fifth valedictorian.
“Don’t forget to tell people where your roots are,” he said.
Cahill and Wadsworth added that “[In the future], we can still look back and remember that we’re Clyde Fliers.”
Clyde High School principal Joe Webb echoed the valedictorians, praising the close-knittedness of the Clyde and Green Springs communities and encouraging the class of 2014 to remember where they came from no matter where they go.
“Take a part of Clyde and Green Springs with you and make a positive impact on whatever community you live in,” he said.
Clyde High School Class of 2014
· Number of graduates: 169
· Going to college: 67 percent
· Going into work force: 26.5 percent
· Going into military: 3.5 percent
· Total amount of scholarships accepted (local and college-given):
over $2 million
Note: Percentages don’t equal 100 because some students may not have reported their future plans.