LYNDON—Thirty high school seniors walked into the Lyndon High School gymnasium May 17 for graduation, to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the Lyndon High School band.
Jayda Forkenbrock, class president, welcomed all those in attendance. Forkenbrock and junior class president, Madeline Volkman, presented the class key. High school principal Brad Marcotte introduced the guest speaker, Brian Spencer. Following Spencer, Flint Spencer, co-salutatorian, spoke.
“When I got to Lyndon and started second grade, a couple of things seemed strange to me,” Flint Spencer said. “Everyone seemed to disagree about things and everyone was nice to me.”
He explained that he had come from a class of three who got along. He had equated large numbers of people with being mean, but not at Lyndon High School.
In grade school, he said, class members argued over what to play at recess, who had the coolest pencil and other trivial things. In spite of the little arguments, he realized how nice the class was to each other. In spite of any arguments, at the end of the day, everyone got along. He went on to reminisce about junior high and some of the bad times.
“It wasn’t all for a loss,” he said. “Teachers were fantastic and helped us figure ourselves out during that awkward time.”
He spoke of school sports and that the class became the most winning class in the history of Lyndon football.
As the class entered high school, he spoke of how they matured and forgave each other more. Class members could differentiate a classmate’s opinions in class and go on to the next class as friends.
He closed with a quote from Linus Torvalds, “I’d much rather have 15 people arguing about something than 15 people splitting into two camps, each side convinced it is right and not talking to the other.”
Caroline Sprecker, co-salutatorian spoke next. She opened with a quote from Robert M. Young.
“People are always talking about the good old days. I say why don’t you say the good now days?”
As she was growing up, she was always asking her family members what it was like when they were children. She thought it sounded so much more appealing than the time she was living. She thought what they said was great. They would reply that they did not know anything different.
“As humans, we either spend too much time dwelling on the past or focusing on what will happen in the future, and don’t take any time to appreciate the now,” Sprecker said.
Instead of cherishing moments, people post a picture on social media. Instead of enjoying time with friends and family, people watch television. Instead of living their lives, people focus on the next step in their lives. People wish away the best times of their lives.
“Step out of your comfort zone,” she said. “I challenge everyone to slow things down and appreciate today.”
She compiled a list from graduates on how to live life to the fullest. Some answers were that decisions affect the rest of your life, make good choices, never forget family and friends and all they have done for you, don’t conform to everyone else, embrace new opportunity and remember every day is a gift.
“So someday, when you are asked about the good old days, say that every day is a good day and that life is what you make it,” she concluded.
The Lyndon High School band played “Go The Distance,” by Michael Sweeney, followed by a message from valedictorian Autumn Weir.
“We did it,” Weir said. “We made it through four long years of high school.”
She said how it seemed like the end was so far away, yet here they were. It was not a distant reality anymore.
She spoke of the different paths classmates will take but that on this day, they stood on the precipice of the future, nervously awaiting the real world.
“In physics … we learned about the second law of thermodynamics,” she said. “It means the universe wants things to be as disorderly as possible, in layman terms.”
Weir explained how life can be crazy and there’s not much anyone can do to prevent it. She went on to say that everyone has control over how they react to all of the chaos.
“You can face the challenges and the obstacles head on with confidence and determination,” she said.
She emphasized that no matter what happens, it will not be the end of the world. There will always be another mountain ahead.
“Keep your head up,” Weir said. “Know that you can overcome them.”
Marcotte presented the class of 2015 and members of the USD 421 Board of Education presented diplomas to the graduates.
Junior escorts were Sydney Walsh, Madeline Volkman, Dalton Fitch and Nick Ratzloff.