Salutatorian Madeleine Garza, during her commencement speech at Pettus High School Friday, said, “Now it is time for us to put all that we have learned into practice and contribute something significant into this world.”
Garza reminded her classmates at the stadium that it is up to them to accomplish their goals.
“This class deserves success. Only time stands in the way of accomplishing all of our goals and success.”
She reminded her fellow students that achieving their goals will not be easy.
“We made it through all the hard work and demands that school gave,” she said.
“With the same effort and hard work we invested to get here, we must also make sure to take on life with this same attitude.
“We must be sure to know and understand that we are ready to go through some trying times and difficult situations.”
She urged her friends not to lose hope even during the most difficult situation.
“We have to take one day at a time and know that our successes in life will be based on the decisions we make.”
Valedictorian Lane Kruger recalled events back to his kindergarten years when he and the others were given their school supplies.
“The diplomas we receive tonight do not guarantee success any more than that kindergarten pencil did,” he said.
“It is what we do with that diploma, that piece of paper, that represents all we have been through at Pettus ISD.”
High school, he reminded, is not the end of the education.
“Now we need to use our knowledge and skills to move on to the next phase of our lives,” he said.
“The world is now our hallway, and college auditoriums, office buildings, oil fields and battlefields will be our classrooms.
“My hope is we become fearless. My hope is we live with no regrets.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.