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Brief ceremony offers glimpse into Parkview grads' lives

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Samantha Jacquest
June 10, 2013

— While many high school seniors sit through hours of speeches and endless names being called at their graduations, the seniors at Parkview High School in Orfordville celebrated the last ritual of their high school careers in less than an hour.

The short ceremony didn't get in the way of the graduates enjoying the occasion. They held hands during the walk to their seats and chatted with classmates. Two students even rode scooters down the aisle. There was no lack of personality at the 2013 Parkview High School graduation.

The speeches by the salutatorian and co-valedictorians gave the audience a view into the lives of the 82 graduates.

Nicole Akey, co-valedictorian, talked about the transition from being children to walking into Parkview for the first time as junior high students.

“While it was exciting, we worried about only having four minutes between classes and trying to get our lockers open,” Akey said. “At the time, it seemed like it was going to be impossible. It didn't take too long for us to get the hang of it, though. And luckily, we survived those awkward preteen years and became high school students.”

Co-valedictorian Natalie Piper focused on the future in her address. She told the story of a wise man who taught his students that life is made up of three parts: education, work and retirement. As Piper talked about ending the first part of life, she looked toward to the future.

“The second part of our life is work. The same wise man also stated 'you work hard in the first two, so you can be happy in the last one. Why spend one-third of your life miserable?'

“I encourage you all to do something that you love; don't compromise your happiness for practicality. Pick a career that motivates you to get up in the morning and doesn't make you want to stare at the clock all day. Choose an occupation that inspires you and engages your mind. A large paycheck is nice, but it wouldn't compensate for being completely miserable for such a large chunk of our lives.”

Addresses from the salutatorian and other co-valedictorians included reminiscing about high school and important lessons that the students learned.

Miya Lawrence, co-valedictorian, said one of the most important lessons from teachers, peers and family involved individuality and learning to “make new trails.”

After the seniors walked across the stage and became graduates, the ceremony ended in an explosion of Silly String. The graduates quickly exited the gym for the last time, eager to greet family and friends and leave high school behind.



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