Parting words from the Class of 2016 of Bartlett High School
By Amber Daigneault – Staff Writer
Graduating from High School can be described as a bittersweet milestone in your life. For me, it didn’t sink in that I was done with High School at graduation. It finally felt real to me that I wouldn’t be waking up at the crack of dawn, walking through the same hallways, or seeing the same people every day when I was packing for college.
High School has come to an end for the class of 2016 at Bartlett High School. All of the graduates are excited to start a new chapter in their lives, but also afraid and apprehensive of where this new journey will take them. All of the speakers at the graduation shared their own feelings on the matter. Each speech was different, but all together it perfectly captured the mix of emotions everyone felt.
Class President, Jillian Fellows, began the ceremony with a nostalgic speech. Her speech took the audience on a journey through the past, and everyone in the audience reminisced to that pivotal moment in their lives. Her words perfectly captured a moment in time that all of her fellow classmates could relate to.
Salutatorian, Natalie Terranova, stepped up and delivered an unexpected speech. She quoted lyrics from multiple rappers to describe her high school experience. Everyone in the crowd shared a good laugh. Natalie’s light-hearted excitement for her future and those of her friends was refreshing to see.
Finally, the Valedictorian, John Hughes, left everyone on an inspirational note. He opened up to the audience of his past struggles being paralyzed from the waist down, and how he overcame that. He wanted nothing more than to see all of his friends in cap and gowns become successful in whatever path they choose. John Hughes gave us all a handful of advice to pursuing a prosperous future.
Each speech perfectly depicted the emotions everyone could relate to at this time in their lives; with the combination of the class song, it was such a beautiful moment for everyone involved. Their class song is 100 years by Five for Fighting. 100 years explains how at each stage in a person’s life, everything feels so urgent and life altering, when really it’s just a moment. It’s less about ‘making every moment count’ and more about accepting that each moment of your life is inherently valuable.
I don’t think there were any better parting words to close this chapter for these graduates. You all have great futures ahead of you. Congratulations Class of 2016!
Photos courtesy of Michelle Macomber (© 2016 Michelle Macomber)