Valedictorian Tasha Talbot and Salutatorian Tyler Koglin served their classmates some wisdom and memories from their high school days during Liberty Christian School's graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon in Richland.
Koglin spiced his speech with plenty of humor, poking fun at himself as well as his classmates.
“The nice thing about having a small class is that it was easy to keep track of students during our class trip,” Koglin joked.
But he also was quick to point out his own youthful shortcomings, like eating too much and admitting P.E. had always been his favorite time of day at school.
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“Seriously, I learned so much at Liberty Christian,” he said. “I liked that we were pushed to do our best, and I had amazing friends and teachers who encouraged me to continue to do God’s work.”
Talbot began her valedictorian speech with as much humor as Koglin, poking fun at herself for misspelling valedictorian.
“I always pronounced it ‘valedictorian’ because (the achievement) is a victory,” she jested. “But I’ve been dreaming of this day since 2008.”
That’s when her sister graduated as valedictorian, followed by her brother who was valedictorian in 2010.
When a video presentation was given to the audience, the students circulated through the gym passing out roses to their loved ones.