Warsaw graduates ready for next adventures | Featured Story
WARSAW — They’ve created many memories in the building, but it’s time for Warsaw Central School’s Class of 2022 to create a life beyond, class leaders said at the graduation ceremony of Friday evening.
Salutatorian Emma Tangeman recalls 2009, when she and her classmates got login credentials that they would use for the rest of their time in Warsaw.
“The connection ended with a date that seemed impossible – 2022. At the time, I thought that time would never come,” she said from the podium. “But in a few days, that connection will no longer exist. As scary as it sounds, we are about to take the next steps in our lives. After today, the memories we made here will be something to remember, because it’s time for us to make our own memories outside of this building. It is time for us to create our destiny.
Tangeman said many in the class had known each other for 13 years, some for less, some longer.
“These people behind me are some of the best people I know,” she said. “Throughout this, we’ve created a bond that will always be there no matter where life takes us.”
The 2022 graduates are still teenagers who still have time to figure it out, Tangeman reminded them.
“We can still make mistakes, go on adventures, have run and still succeed in the future,” she said.
The salutatorian told the class to be open to acknowledging the lessons around them and to be open to learning from their mistakes.
“We’ve all worked hard in our own way to get here and I’m proud of every single person on this stage,” she said. “The little moments are the experiences you will have with yourself, so I want you to think about what those moments are – what experiences you will have with yourself.”
Valedictorian Hollie Errington said before this year that she was always shy and never really stood up for herself.
“My friends have helped me discover my voice. I am no longer afraid and will never turn down the opportunity to stand up for what is right and I hope none of you either,” she said “We’ve grown as people, been through a lot of our ‘lasts’ with each other. As scary as it sounds, I’m confident you’ll all move on to create yourselves. beautiful lives.
If you have a lot of negativity, Errington said, let it go.
“I’m not saying forgive everyone who hurt you, because I don’t believe everyone deserves it,” she said. “But…don’t let your past haunt you.” There is more to life. Make friends, find your own, create new memories.
“Change is terrifying and it’s something I always try to avoid. But sometimes it’s for the best and we’re all going for better things,” she said. “We have to make uncomfortable changes or tough decisions to get a place of comfort and positivity. Use your experience to your advantage.
The valedictorian thanked her teachers for the education they provided and her parents for the love and support they showed.
“I want to thank my friends, who really saved my life when I went through the most horrific events I have ever endured,” she said. “People consider themselves lucky to have found one or two people to call their friends, but I felt extremely lucky to have found many others who showed me that I was not alone.”
Reverend Michael LaMarca, representative of the Council of Clergy in Warsaw, delivered the invocation. He said graduates will remember high school as a time when political division was fraught and racial tensions were fierce.
“However, you can remember your time in high school as a time when you discovered who you are and what you do. You can remember your time in high school as a time when you persevered, overcame obstacles and challenges, won feats, big and small, in the classroom, in the workshop, in the field, on the field, on the mat and on this very stage,” he said. stage tonight and walking out of this auditorium, although well equipped, you won’t have all the answers, but you have been given the tools, the knowledge, all the opportunities to change the world.” LaMarca spoke to the graduates of Edith Stein, a German Jewish philosopher who was a victim of the Holocaust.
“She recognized in a country, and really in a world, that was so broken at the time, so divided… that for there to be any change, it would have to come from within the mind of the people,” LaMarca said. . “Our nation, our world, needs nothing more than you.”
Edith Stein’s story helped bring hope at a time when the world was hurting, LaMarca said.
“There is no doubt that … each of your stories can provide the hope needed today to move forward into a brighter future,” he told the class.
The class of 2022 graduates are: Pablo Alvarez Garcia, Justin R. Baker, Abigail D. Beckstrand, Joseph T. Breslin, Benjamyn GD Brewer, Jorja J. Calteaux, Taylor M. Campbell, Lukas SC Cornell, Sarah E. Cox, Sophia C. Daniel, Erin L. Daugherty, Ethan E. Daugherty, Ty A. Dawley, Josephine D. Dodge, Maja W. Dranikowska, Hollie E. Errington, Mitchel B. Felix, Alyvia E. Fetzer, Anthony J. Galligan, Gianna M. Girod, Ethan C. Goulet, Peyton D. Grawe, Nadia M. Green, Amelia M. Gutierrez, Arielle L. Hare, Connor M. Hare, Natalie L. Herbert, Alexis J. Herman, Emma L. Herman, Kaylee M. Herrmann, Lee E. Hoffman, Payton C. Howe, Karlee J. Huffer, Carlee A. Hunt, Deanna Marie A. Johnson-Myers, Alyssa G. Jones, Holly N. Jordan, Kourtney R. Keefer, Mikenna L Klump, Amber J. Kreutter, Morgan E. Langdon, Joshua L. Lee, Brendan L. Lincoln, David W. Meidenbauer, Abigail G. Millen, Alexander J. Moore, Nicholas A. Mosier, Jalynn A. Neal, Abigail J .Nowakowski, Leah K. O’Geen, Anthony J. Parker, Jh Ori L. Parmerter, Jaden D. Pawlowski, Jordan A. Rissinger, Kyl G. Romero, Lauren L. Russell, Cody R. Schilling, Trenton R. Seewaldt, Brent W. Semmel, Tyler M. Semmel, Adam D. Tallman, Emma G. Tangeman, Milan M. Tuxen, Alexis D. VanName, Elizabeth G. Weaver, Maranda J. Weigley, Allisyn R. Wick, Carly J. Wick, Timothy J. Wilcox Jr. Jade M. Williams, Kourtnee K. Wilson , Bonnie Zhang.