Congratulations graduates

Reed City High School hosts 133rd annual commencement

By Emily Nummer Special to the Herald Review

REED CITY — Reed City High School seniors crossed the stage at the high school on May 27 and stepped into the next stage of their lives.

Senior speaker Skylar Sundquist said her fellow classmates should be thankful for the opportunities provided by their education, which gives them a chance to change the world.

“It can be incredibly easy to forget how lucky we are to receive this education. We are literate and educated, and this isn’t something that is offered to all 7 billion people in the world,” she said. “In fact, there are millions of children and adolescents who don’t even have access to education. We are the ones to receive the advantage. The question is, what are we going to do with our education?”

Bethany Maciejewski, another senior speaker, also stressed the importance of appreciating what the students have gained through their education. In order for the students to thrive and be the best they can be, it’s important not to forget, she said.

“Don’t forget the experiences you had, good or bad. And don’t forget the people who taught and supported you. The experiences and people have made you who you are,” she said. “I encourage you as you venture out into unknown territory, to use your words and actions carefully. You never know the effect you’ll have on someone. Your actions and words could very possibly change their whole life.”

Douglas Call also spoke to the students during the graduation. The distinguished alumnus provided the class of 2016 with tips for how to live a successful and happy life post-graduation. The graduates should focus on making lifetime friends as well as giving back to the community in whatever way they can, Call said.

“When I was training as a navy officer, I was taught you have three primary objectives. Complete the mission, take care of your people, and train the people that are following you,” he said. “Perhaps you can apply the same three-part responsibility to your life and your careers.

“Complete the mission — do your job just as well as you possibly can. Take care of your people — your family, your friends, the people that you care about. And last, train your future leaders. All of you will be involved with schools, sports and things with your children. Always be the one to step up as the person who does the training, taking care of the next person so that they can step up and follow you when you want to do something else.”

Principal Monty Price commended the seniors on their many successes in a wide range of activities in and outside of the classroom.

“It will be tough to top some of the accomplishments of this class,” he said. “We know that you are fearless, bold, adventurous, and dynamic. You never lacked confidence, that’s for sure.”