Graduate, Ryan Pave with his family mom & dad, Irene & Gary, his siblings, Claire, 9th grade & Kyle, 10th grade at Council Rock North Graduation 2018 on June 20, 2018. Debby High for Digital First Media
NEWTOWN >> The Council Rock High School North Class of 2018, numbering more than 400, listened as student speakers Amanda Abrohms, Rachel Stillman and Duke Wu imparted the final words of wisdom and pieces of advice to the graduating class.
Abrohms, in her address entitled “Only (in Twelve Moments),” noted that 12 years of school has boiled down to one moment “when we finally say goodbye to the place where we grew up.
“Whatever choice you make after leaving this stadium make sure you do something that doesn’t leave you thinking, ‘If only.’ If only I had laughed more. If only I had taken that risk. If only I had told that person how much they meant to me.
“Time will fly by. They told us the first day of freshman year that this would be the fastest four years of our lives,” she said. “If only I would have believed them.”
In her remarks to the class, gathered at Walt Snyder Stadium in Newtown, Stillman encouraged the class to “Become Uncomfortable.
“Think of a time where you felt uncomfortable. That memory may seem negative at first, but I’m here to tell you the only time you’re actually growing is when you are uncomfortable,” she said.
“Today marks the first day of stepping out of these four years of comfort. Today is where we begin to feel uncomfortable,” said Stillman. “Being uncomfortable will allow us to explore our capabilities and endless opportunities. It is our turn to find out what makes us strong, what makes us weak, but most of all what is going to make us feel uncertain and uncomfortable.
“As we move on and face moments of discomfort, don’t lose that drive to effect change,” continued Stillman. “You have the power to use your voice to better your own future and that of the entire world. Put yourself out there, feel uncomfortable and make a change,” she said.
Wu, the president of the class, delivered “A Testament to the Value of Hardships,” speaking first about the good times and then the hardships experienced by the class.
“Yes, there has been a lot of hardship over the past four years, but hardship does not need to be a bad thing. It is because of these hardships that we made new friends and grew as students. But most importantly, we grew as individuals.
“Despite everything, we continued to keep on going,” he said. “Take that as a testament to your willpower and your passion as a class. These are the experiences that we’ve had together.
“These past four years of hard work have done a great job of setting us up with a foundation to succeed in our future endeavors,” he continued. “Remember that to be prepared is a good thing and that the relationships that we cultivated do not have to end at goodbye. These past four years have given us countless memories and for better or for worse have prepared us for the next four years.”
Following the presentation of the class by Superintendent Dr. Robert Fraser and the conferral of diplomas by school director Ed Tate, graduation hats filled the air just above the heads of the new graduates.