Rainy start points to pot of (blue and) gold for RHS graduates

Rainy start points to pot of (blue and) gold for RHS graduates

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer

Just as the 273 graduates began their ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ march, the skies opened up. The rain fell through principal Eric Baim’s speech – which began with, “There doesn’t seem to be any sign of a downpour, so let’s get this started” – but tapered quickly by the time Baim introduced Class President Kelly Falkowski.

It was around then that a rainbow hovered perfectly, as if on cue, over the Class of 2010.

After recounting several key events in the Class of 2010’s tenure at the school, Falkowski said, “While the majority of us got to share in these moments, they aren’t the only ones I want you to recall. It will truly be the little moments that define our high school career – our epiphanies, our light bulbs, our ‘a-ha’ moments.”

She told graduates that those moments are what help define their future life decisions.

“We must ask ourselves, ‘Have we learned what is necessary to be the person we dreamt of being?,’” she said. “Did we work hard even when we thought failure was inevitable, and did we properly celebrate the times when we reached success?”

Salutatorian Jordyn Woodtke wanted grads to thank family and friends who supported them along their journey, and then referred to the last four years as a chapter in each person’s life story.

“It appears that each one of us is on the same sentence in our journey,” she said, “but we have all made it here following very different stories.”

Woodtke said that students fell into many categories, such as athletes, comedians and serious scholars, but high school would not have been the same with the absence of any of them.

“Maybe you were all of these people, and maybe you were none of them,” she said, “and high school would not have been the same without you.”

Valedictorian Allison Burg said graduation made her think of her younger sister, who recently just started school. “It made me think about the kind of person she will be on her graduation day,” Burg said. “It made me think about my outlook on life then, and now, and all I’d learned since then.”

Burg encouraged her classmates to go out into the world as adults, but to hang on to their child-like sense of excitement. “The problem is, after that first day, everyone can’t wait to be the next year older – can’t wait to grow up,” she said. “Kids are often the ones with the better outlook on life than any of us. Life is a day-to-day adventure to them. A kid’s life is a constant quest for something new. They dream big. This is the type of attitude we should all take on, and make memories worth remembering out of every single day.”

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