ELYRIA — As the lights dimmed and the processional music played, the 257 North Ridgeville High School graduating seniors walked across the stage in their yellow and purple gowns.
After years of hard work, the students were in the spotlight — sitting center stage at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Center.
But before they could say they were done with high school, school board president Maria Sycz tossed one more quiz toward the students. She asked the students to name the wealthiest people in the world, the women that have won Miss America in the past five years or 10 Nobel Peace Prize winners.
Then she asked them to name three friends that have helped them in the past or five teachers that made an impact on their lives.
“None of us will remember the headlines of yesterday,” Sycz said, making her point that the people who have impacted their lives won’t be forgotten. “Life is a challenge, meet it.”
Jason Case, National Honor Society president, spoke on behalf of the senior class about his last high school English paper. Most students like himself, he said, wrote a final farewell, thanking teachers and wishing friends good luck in the future.
“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever,” Case said.
Superintendent Larry Bowersox addressed the technological advances the graduating class is facing as they forge their future. For example, he noted that if MySpace were a country, it would be the 11th largest in the world based on registered users. There are 2.7 billion Google searches a month and there are five times as many words in the English language today as there were in Shakespeare’s time — just to name a few.
“Education will play a vital role in your success,” he said, harkening back to a quote from Abraham Lincoln by adding: “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Salutatorian and senior class vice president Anthony Russo talked about the importance of friendships and relationships. Friends and family, he said, are the most important things in life.
“I will not go home tonight and thank God for that A- in calculus,” he said. “I will thank him for the relationships.”
As the senior class officers stood in front of the graduating senior class for the turning of the tassels, the officers said, “To infinity.”
“And beyond,” replied the graduating seniors.
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Elizabeth Asp has her mortar board adjusted by Jessica Amb before the North Ridgeville commencement Thursday at Lorain County Community College.
|Jacquelyn Rigutto (left) and Lauren Melcher pose for a picture.|
|Mike Pelfrey works to get his mortar board just right.|