The Swanton High School Class of 2018 celebrated the end of their high school careers with the annual commencement ceremony held Sunday afternoon in McQuade Gymnasium. Graduates, family, and friends looked back fondly on their high school years and forward to what awaits them in the future.
Senior Class President Olivia Williams welcomed everyone to the 122nd Swanton High School commencement ceremony and looked back on the class’s success in music, athletics, arts and more.
“On behalf of the Class of 2018, I want to thank all those who have helped us get to this point today,” said Williams. “This is an exceptional achievement for us all to have made it here, and I’m proud to share this moment with you all.”
Valedictorian Trevor Schaller implored the Class of 2018 to enjoy each day.
“Every day is a gift and it’s important to enjoy the days you are given,” he said. “Live day by day with no regrets and you’ll be a happy person.”
He continued, “As you go onto the next step in your lives, make it what you want and remember your roots. Swanton High School has been a very great place and I will miss getting to see and talk to all of you every day.”
Salutatorian Sidney Taylor recognized those that had helped the graduating seniors along the way.
“Thank you to our teachers, staff, board members, for sharing knowledge, advice and wisdom with us that will allow to learn and grow in life. Your hard work, dedication and patience have not gone unnoted. Thank you to the administration for the continuous support throughout the years.”
Superintendent Chris Lake challenged those that are worried about the future with this generation in control.
“But when I look at you guys, I don’t fear for our future at all,” said Lake. “I look forward to the time when all of you begin to take on leadership roles in our society. Because what I see is a group of young men and women who are hardworking, ambitious, compassionate, more accepting of the differences of others than any previous generation, and simply motivated to make the world a better place.”
Keynote speaker William Rittenberry, a substitute teacher and fixture at many Swanton events, spoke of good times and the quality of individuals in the Class of 2018.
“You don’t know what a joy it is to have students like this,” he said. “And this just didn’t happen. They were presented to us by you and you should give yourselves a round of applause.”
He congratulated members of the class for excelling in many different areas. “You’ve made your community and this school extremely proud.”
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