CLASS of 2020: ’Wishing for a re-do isn’t how life works’
Across the Emerald Coast, top high school students are giving speeches in empty auditoriums in front of cameras that will offer up a digital version of this year’s graduation.
The Daily News invited those students selected to speak at their high school graduations to send their speeches for publication. We hope you enjoy a peek at some of the area’s best and brightest students.
Jessa L'Homme, Crestview
Laurel Hill School
To my fellow classmates, families, friends, and everyone who helped us make it to this point in our lives, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for pushing us. And, thank you for showing us that even a global pandemic cannot defeat the class of 2020.
I can’t say I’m happy that our last few months were cut short, and I’m sure many of you can agree with me on that sentiment.
What more can I say other than “that’s life”, and it appears that it is coming at us faster than we intended.
We never expected that Wednesday, March 11, 2020 would be our last day of walking through the hallways of Laurel Hill School, taking part in class lessons, hanging out with our friends, and participating in all the other events that make the end of any school year something of which to look forward.
Now all we can do is reminisce and reflect. Wishing for a re-do isn’t how life works, unfortunately. What we have learned from this is to appreciate the day-to-day moments, even if they seem mundane and ordinary. Nothing lasts forever and life goes on.
So, to the underclassmen, enjoy high school, every day of it. Even the bad days, and especially the good days.
You’re going to blink twice, and then you’ll be in your cap and gown staring at your class wondering where the time went.
And to the class of 2020, it is our time to make mistakes, ones from which we can learn and then better ourselves. It is our time to do the things that are unfamiliar, challenging, and just plain scary.
You may feel somewhat unsure of yourself, but you may also feel anxiously excited. And, that is ok. Never fear what’s ahead of you, because everything happens for a reason.
So here’s to the class of 2020, we made it.
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