Fourteen Arnold seniors received their diplomas on Saturday at the 106th Annual Commencement, and are now ready to discover who they want to be. Wearing robes and caps in their class colors of royal blue and silver, with a yellow accent, they were welcomed by Superintendent Dr. Dawn Lewis.
Principal Joel Morgan introduced class salutatorian Lydia Connell, and valedictorian Leighton Bubak. Both spoke about their classmates, who before the first time anyone can remember, A.H.S. graduates waited to throw their caps into the air outside after A.H.S. Commencement on Saturday.
“High school wasn’t easy,” said Lydia. “There have been fights and tears throughout the many long years. However, this is what you get when you are in a class with your best friends. Friends who became brothers and sisters who you could trust and rely on. Friends who noticed you were down before your own siblings or parents did. And friends who cheered you up even quicker. Our class continued to grow throughout high school, and we are so happy that we gained each of them. It’s going to be a sad departure, but I saw a quote that I loved a couple of months ago. It said, “I hate to see you go, but I can’t wait to watch you fly.” Class of 2019, thank you for the lessons learned and the memories we made. Now let’s get ready to fly.”
During his speech, Leighton said, “As we all leave here today, we’ll be breaking apart our class, but more honestly, a family. I couldn’t imagine taking on this journey we call high school with anyone else. But we’ll still be united, as we’ll always be Cardinals, and Bobcats. While we go our separate ways, we do so with endless possibilities. It might not be easy, but that is what makes the rewards worth it. One of my favorite quotes is, ‘You miss every shot you don’t take.’ So, today, as we begin a new stage in our lives, don’t be afraid to shoot. Take risks. Life lays ahead of us. Let’s live it.”
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