2012 Area High School Commencement Address: Many strong bonds and friendships were created

By Crystal Posterick, Guest Columnist

Welcome fellow students, families, friends, teachers and administration. I can remember being in the fifth grade and standing in this very gym at our DARE graduation and giving a speech. In my speech, I said that I couldn’t wait until our actual high school graduation, and that I hoped that everyone would make it to this day and be able to celebrate together.

Well, it’s been seven years and I can finally say, “Congratulations. We made it. We are the graduating class of 2012.”

We’ve accomplished many great things as a class, whether you were participating in athletic or fine art events, clubs or organizations, or if you were a Flyer fan that was a part of the best high school cheering section in Minnesota.

We’ve all supported each other so much and have created many strong friendships and bonds that will continue long after we walk across this stage today. But, as I look out at everyone now, I also know that this is one of the last times that our class will be all together in the same place at the same time. For some, this might be a difficult fact to face, and it might even bring on a few tears. I also know that this is a time for celebration, a time to stop and congratulate each other on everything that we have accomplished up until this point in our lives.

Graduation will mean a new beginning for each and every one of us. It will be a time to meet new people, and see and experience new places. I have a quote by author unknown that I try and live by every day, and it states, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life; you can’t do a thing to change yesterday and only God knows for sure what is going to happen tomorrow. So today is the only day you have.”

I challenge every one  of you to try and live each day to its fullest potential. Cherish every moment and never take for granted the people in your lives that have been there every step of the way to guide you in your journey toward success.

Remember, each of us has different talents, dreams, different destinations, but we all have the same power to make a new tomorrow. Congratulations class of 2012. We made it. Thank you.

Crystal Posterick gave one of the commencement addresses at the Little Falls Community High School graduation ceremony.