VERMILLION — The Vermillion High School graduating Sailors took one final voyage together before they sail their separate ways.
The 175 graduates came together in their school gymnasium for trips down memory lane, words of advice and their high school diplomas.
Attitude was the topic of choice Saturday. Superintendent Bruce Keller advised students that the attitude they have in life will influence their outlook for the future.
Keller told a story of a boy who grew up dreaming of becoming a successful doctor. The boy was about to give up, until a young woman offered him a glass of milk. When the boy asked how much he owed the woman, she replied nothing, not expecting pay for a kind deed.
Many years later, the woman fell ill with a rare disease, and the grown-up boy was her doctor. When the woman became better, the hospital bill arrived, and she opened it with trepidation.
“Paid in full with one glass of milk,” the doctor had written.
Keller said it is the little things that make all the difference, and what comes around, goes around.
“Each of you is ready to make your mark and make this world a better place,” he said. “If you want to know what life will bring you, you just have to take an honest look at yourself.”
Principal Michael Colatruglio recalled the first time he spoke to the graduates during freshman orientation, when he challenged the class to continue their leadership and enthusiasm into high school, and they did.
Colatruglio said the students had a “get-it-done attitude” throughout high school, especially when it came time for the Ohio Graduation Tests.
“Whatever you plan to do … please continue to listen to your heart,” Colatruglio said. “Do what you love.”
Valedictorian Allie LaForce also stressed the importance of attitude.
“I’m convinced life is 10 percent what happens to me, 90 percent how I react to it,” she said.
Contact Rania Shakkour at 329-7127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Senior Sarah Matijasic sings at Vermilion High School’s graduation ceremonies.