Today, I would like to congratulate the Class of 2012. As a 13-year senior of Cassville, I have witnessed you, my classmates, in a variety of clothing -- from the crazy dress of spirit week, to sports jerseys, to cheerleading uniforms, to styling our fashionable boxers on the final day of our senior year. Now, we have all come together for one last time sporting our caps and gowns for this special occasion.
Great memories have flooded the halls of Cassville High. It seems like only yesterday our main concern was whom we were going to sit by at lunch the first day of our freshman year, and now, we are focused on our future. I, along with fellow classmates, will never forget the winning of two state football championships, the roar of the boys "aohhh" down the halls, card games in Ms. Green's class, canoeing in the pond and wall sits in coach Weldy's history class. The memories that each of us have of high school will differ. For some, high school was a great experience. For others, it was the last place they wanted to be. Many of us, however, fall somewhere in between these two extremes. For each of us, though, today can be a new beginning, allowing us to be in control of our own destiny.
When I recall the numerous changes over the past several years, technology stands out above all. Social media crept into our lives first through Myspace and presently through Facebook and Twitter. With iPods, iPads and Smart Phones, an overwhelming wealth of information can be held in the palm of our hands. Whatever information you need -- there's an app for that. Just as technology has changed; our lives have also changed dramatically since we started kindergarten. However, we have adapted to these changes. We must continue to be open to new possibilities and be willing to accept new challenges and opportunities.
Lastly, I would like to thank our parents, family, friends and teachers for their care and loving support. Without them, many of us would not be who we are today. As we venture out into this new world, it is my hope that you will grasp the idea that success cannot be measured by what we have or who we are, but by what makes us happy and fulfilled. Proverbs 16:9 says, "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." Each stepping stone of life may at times seem to take us through unnecessary detours and roadblocks but through those twists and turns we will discover exactly what our purpose is.
Remember graduates, there is no app for life -- live each day to the fullest, do what makes you happy and have a fantastic summer!
Through high school, I've always had the desire to be heard. When finally given the chance to say something important, I had no idea what to talk about. I began to think about our motto and its significance. Life doesn't have a rewind button. We only have one chance to do it right. One chance to leave an impact on the people we love and this town we've all grown up in. Live a life you can be proud of. Immense potential in each and everyone of you is evident. Over the past four years, I've worried entirely too much about what is to come. I've found that by living in the future, I've missed out on the present. For most of us, our time here in Cassville is coming to an end. Tonight could very well be the last time I see many of you. We need to make the most of these last moments together.
Looking back on out freshman year, I realize how far we have all come and how much we've changed. Together, we have shared some of the greatest times of our lives. I have gained an array of knowledge throughout my life here in Cassville. Here, the majority of summer is spent near water. Weekends consist of backroading and searching for the creepiest places we can find. You recognize at least half the people you see driving down Main Street. There are no secrets in Cassville. No matter what you do, everyone knows within a matter of hours. If you didn't know better, the vacancy of town on a fall Friday night may lead you to believe the rapture took place without you. Here, we all act as one family. Sometimes we may clash, but in the end we are always there for each other.
I'd like to give thanks to everyone for your support through the years. Thank you, mom and dad, for bringing me into this world. You both have been there every step of the way, through the good times and bad. I never would have made it this far without your help. Thank you to all my teachers; coach Reuter for entertaining us with his karaoke; Mrs. Mebruer for teaching us that you can never use too much protection in the lab; and Mrs. Green for introducing us to the greatest game ever, Moose in the House. Without the dedication our teachers have toward our success, we would not be where we are today. I'd also like to say thank you to our administration. Although I still think of Mr. Dalton as coach, he and Mr. Redmon do a great job running this school. Finally, I'd like to thank my classmates, the Class of 2012. Together, we have, in the words of coach Reuter, "fought through adversity" and dominated the many challenges brought about by high school.
Graduates, looking to the left and right you see future doctors, teachers, business owners and Walmart executives. The education we have received at Cassville High School has enabled us to choose any path for our future, to follow any dream. High school has not only given us an education, but it has also given us great times we will always remember and friendships we will never forget. You only live once, Class of 2012.