Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Snake River High School graduates turn their tassels at the end of their commencement exercise Wednesday evening.
Patrons, parents, friends and students crowded the gymnasium in Snake River High School to celebrate the graduation of 121 seniors Wednesday evening.
Senior class president Logan Wheeler greeted the graduating class of 2013 and said, "We are at the juncture of a kaleidoscope. This is the collision of our life with our families, friends and a a feel good moment.
"We need to take our talents and beliefs and be adaptable," he said. "Be ready to update your knowledge and cope with change.
"This is the first phase of our adult life," Wheeler said. "Whatever you do; you will do it well."
The three valedictorians of the class are Talon Gamble, Bryson Harper and Jesse Jarman.
"We made it," said Gamble. "I thank the people who were sitting next to me in finals.
"There's a lot more to come after this," he said.
"I thought I would give my classmates 2013 suggestions," said Harper. He settled for 13.
Harper's points of advice were:
Â° Don't look back.
Â° Dare to dream.
Â° Check your attitude. A bad attitude is like a flat tire; if you don't change it, you're not going anywhere. A good attitude is contagious. Is your's worth catching?
Â° Good habits will insure success.
Â° Manage time. Make schedules.
Â° Be independent and be brave enough to ask for help when you need it.
Â° Don't make rash decisions. Decisions made now have consequences.
Â° Stop complaining.
Â° Accept responsibility.
Â° Avoid stress. Don't bite off more than you can chew.
Â° Don't give up; be persistent.
Â° Give 100 percent. The secrets of success depend on your work.
Â° Just do it. Get out and succeed.
Jarman asked, "Do you know how many doctors specialize on only one organ of the body?" he asked.
"I don't know either but it's O.K. to specialize," he said. "Be excited to learn; do not be afraid to ask your teachers questions, pay attention and do not fall asleep, too often.
"Be confident in everything you do," he said. "I have learned so much from each of you.
"Be confident in classes and social life; introduce yourself and be confident," said Jarman.
Addressing the class of 2013, Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk said, "Your passion may change; you're allowed to have second thoughts.
"Break out of your comfort zone; stay curious," he said. "Don't accept failure but welcome it and learn from it.
"May the impact you have on other people be a positive one," said Gabrylczyk.
SRHS principal Dean Bonney quoted major baseball player Jim Thome, whose dad told him, "It's not what you do when you walk into the doors; it's what you've done when you walk out."
"Make a commitment to hard work, laying a foundation for the future," he said. "Be life long learners.
"I'm sure you will be very, very successful in all you do," said Bonney.
Board chairman Korden Wray challenged the students to do acts of kindness. Wray then quoted Coach John Wooden who said, "You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone each day who cannot repay you."