HUMBOLDT — In the face of the many challenges imposed by the pandemic, the valedictorian of Humboldt Collegiate’s class of 2021 said the courage and resilience of her class is second to none.
“There’s no sugar coating it. This was not the senior year we envisioned for ourselves when we began our high school careers,” said Lauren Hinz in her speech.
“We arrived in September to restricted extracurriculars, an unfamiliar block system, and mandatory masking for the entirety of each day.
“Needless to say, the year didn’t get off to the start we had always hoped for. However, we adapted. We made the most out of the extracurriculars that were offered, figured out how to navigate the block system, and got used to wearing masks.”
The graduation experience for the class of 2021 began on June 27 with an interfaith service at the St. Augustine Church.
On June 28, the school held a series of individual ceremonies for each student. A few invited guests were able to watch as their graduates received their diplomas.
The day after, a reverse parade organized by the parents was held. The graduates stood on the sidewalk of Leo Parker Way, the road that goes through the school grounds, in all of their finery as the community drove by and gave their well-wishes.
A video with speeches from the valedictorian, two salutatorians and dignitaries was released on June 30 to the graduates and their families.
“Our grade has made it through some difficult times, and that is a testament to the strong character of each and every one of us,” Hinz said. “Challenges are inevitable in life, but I firmly believe that each member of the class of 2021 is more than capable of overcoming any obstacles that may come their way, no matter how big or small.”
Megan Brooks, one of the salutatorians, told graduates to look at what they had accomplished.
“All the hours spent stressing over that next test or overdue assignment, have led to this perfect moment,” she said. “All the late nights and early mornings will add up and keep paying off for the rest of our lives. The work ethic and drive you have all developed will carry you towards your goals and dreams.”
“Graduation,” added Logan Knutson, the other salutatorian, “can feel scary and intimidating as who knows where our future will lead us, but with a class like this full of life and energy we are certain that we will leave our mark and pave the way for bright futures.”
Hinz challenged her class to work unconditionally hard at becoming better students, better employees and overall better people.
“Become the best version of yourself that you are capable of becoming,” she said. “I sincerely wish each and every one of you the best in your future endeavours.”