Other speakers highlighted the triumphs and character of the graduating class.
“I’d like to personally thank you for your undying spirit, for large crowds as we strive to beat the streak, for alarms simultaneously going off in your lockers, and for unannounced picnics,” principal Donald Woodworth said. “Thank you for being creative and compassionate, even in your rebellious moments.”
National Honors Society president Elise Fredericks used the image of the Timberlane Owl in her remarks.
“I challenge you all to use your failures as a springboard for success, to be a ray of sunlight in someone’s cloudy day, and to keep a sense of owl pride alive and thriving,” Fredericks said. “Our graduation marks the end of an era, but also the platform from which we take flight to a new world of exciting challenges.”
And while the graduates were many things, comfortable with failure wasn’t one of them.
“I’ve yet to come across any individual who’s comfortable with failure,” class president Katherine Ouellette said. “Yes, we’ve failed, and we’ll fail again. But there’s no doubt in my mind that those failures will be overcome with grace.”