CAIRO — Graduation is a time for high school seniors to celebrate their past accomplishments and then to pivot toward a future full of new challenges.
At Cairo High School’s West Thomas Stadium Friday night, there was a lot to celebrate as 245 graduates, including 46 honor graduates, marched across Wayne Tootle field proudly clad in their red and black caps and gowns.
The Class of 2015’s salutatorian, Tiyana Hering, applauded her fellow students and her school, saying, “Cairo High School is known for producing champions. There is a champion in every single one of us today. We’ve proven ourselves as champions by making it here tonight.”
She continued, “Despite all the obstacles, whether family related, arguments with friends or Mrs. Ridenour’s Spanish class, we overcame those challenges and we are all about to walk across this stage as graduates of Cairo High School. So classmates, we should be very proud of ourselves.”
Herring was followed by the class’ valedictorian, Erica Hilbig. She cautioned her fellow classmates as they step toward their futures.
She said, “Do not allow yourself to peak in high school, because the end of our secondary education is not the end of our lives. It is only the beginning of our venture out into the great unknown. Utilize the lessons you have learned during your high school experience to instruct you in the next leg of your journey through this dynamic and exhilarating world and do not be afraid to fail, to follow your dreams or to challenge established truths. After all, it was once a recognized fact that the universe revolved around the Earth.”
She added, “We have cultivated memories and relationships here that we will treasure for the rest of our lives, but we need not fear change because self-discovery and improvement occur outside the restricting boundaries of our comfort zones. I encourage you to step out into your next endeavors bravely and confidently with the knowledge that you alone hold the tool.”