June 21, 2017

Congratulations, Three Lakes High School and Riverside High School Class of 2017!

From Marcia Latta:

There were tears, laughter and bursting pride for students’ achievement during the commencement ceremony for graduates of Three Lakes and Riverside high schools.
Forty-one students, a record number of graduates, received diplomas or GED certificates at the traditional graduation ceremony. The commencement highlights included caps and gowns for all graduates, a processional and presentation of diplomas.
Speakers included Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility Superintendent Alicia Buettner, keynote speaker Dr. Shadiin Garcia and five student speakers.
Principal Joy Koenig wrapped up the commencement ceremony with the official declaration of graduation and an invitation to students’ family members and friends to join them at the Candy Land-themed reception.
Excerpts from the student speeches below:
Before this year I really didn't take school all that serious. However, I became a mother at a young age and it flipped my perspective on school. I realized that receiving an education opens more doors and hopefully ones for my child as well. When looking for a quote for graduation l felt that Ed Helms summed it up perfectly. He says "Don't be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self."

A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning
This is a huge milestone for not only myself, but for all the females graduating alongside me today. I remember not even a year ago, most of us girls were telling ourselves that there was no way we would be able to graduate. I know I was one of those girls. Now we stand here, in front of our teachers, parents, friends, and siblings who never failed to remind us that this was possible, and let me reassure you that we are walking proof that this IS possible.

I know this isn't the graduation my mother dreamed of, but I managed to do it, and I even have some college credits to go with my shiny new diploma. I want to congratulate everyone here today who is either receiving a diploma or a GED. You have put in lots of hard work and you should be proud of yourself. As John Green said, "Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college (in our case high school). And if they can do it, so can you."

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt,
But still, like dust, I'II rise.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me wit your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

For a lot of us here, we were trying to work on a lot of things with ourselves and it's amazing that as many of us managed to pull it all together, like we did. Not only are we trying to work on bettering ourselves and setting ourselves up for success, but we're working on improving our futures as who we are and creating new paths for ourselves. High school is the first and most important step for all of us. We are all strong young woman who have shown that with a little help from others and motivation we can literally accomplish anything.
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