Valedictorian Melody Davidson recounted the tale of a little girl noticing the few strands of white hair on her mother’s head and asking why they were there.
The mother replies that each hair is from when the little girl did something wrong, causing the mother to cry or worry.
“The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, ‘Mama, how come all of Grandma’s hairs are white?’” Melody said to laughter.
The other graduates who addressed the crowd at Connell High School’s graduation at Esser Field Friday night noted that a lot had to happen to get the 122 members of the Class of 2015 there in their caps and gowns.
They had to grow up from “chubby little sixth-graders” as one valedictorian said, and they had to sit through classes like algebra even if that wouldn’t contribute to their goal to be an exotic dancer, as another said. They’ve all had a lot of fun along the way, but they had to move forward.
“If we as the Class of 2015 remained the same as those little freshman in 2011 we wouldn’t be here sitting in front of you,” said valedictorian Madeline Clawson.
What lies ahead is much like building a house, said salutatorian Jessica Hawkins. A home is built in stages, is unique to those who live in it and takes a fair amount of time to complete. With the tools their families, their teachers and their friends have given them over the years, all anyone can do now is get to work.
“We’re all set to go out and build the life of our dreams,” Jessica said.
Valedictorians were Madeline Clawson, Melody Davidson, Bergen Eskildsen, Rian Neff, Rachael Price, Jenna Salisbury and Alena Zurcher. Salutatorian was Jessica Hawkins.