Sacred Heart High School Valedictorian Miranda Meyer encouraged her fellow graduates to “go on adventures, explore, have fun, make new memories and meet new people” during remarks at the school’s 2013 commencement ceremony on Sunday.
“I hope you achieve all of your goals in life,” Meyer said. “Face the challenges you come across head-on. We are all strong and we have been taught by the best and now it is our job to use what we have been taught to move forward into the next phase of our life.”
Meyer, co-salutatorians Lyndzie Brace and Megan Ortmeyer, and their fellow students gathered with family, friends and teachers in the Sacred Heart School gymnasium to celebrate the conclusion of their high school careers, marking the school’s 69th commencement exercises.
With 16 National Honor Society members, 19 graduating with honors and a total of some $300,000 in scholarships, the class represents a “great group of very hard-working students” according to Mark Register, the school’s administrator.
Register, marking his 20th commencement exercise, told the Democrat before the ceremony “it is always a special thing” to have seen classes grow from “kindergartners all the way through.”
“This group doesn’t have as many standouts as maybe some of our other groups have had, but they are highlighted by really good, solid, hard workers and several over-achievers,” Register said. “That is heartening when you see kids that have bought in to what we are trying to do here, because there is a sense of success and achievement.”
Students also heard from Robert Simon, a 1977 Sacred Heart graduate who gave this year’s commencement address. Simon encouraged graduates to use the faith, academic and social lessons learned at the private Catholic high school to ensure a successful future.
“As you move into the next season of your lives and focus on your dreams and goals, remember an attitude of gratitude, humility and forgiveness will be key to your success and your happiness in life,” Simon said.