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Incline High School graduates 72 students (w/ photo gallery)

Margaret Moran | mmoran@sierrasun.com

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Work hard, embrace your talents and value others — those are just a few lessons learned in high school.

Before embarking on life after high school, Incline High's 72 graduates reflected and heard reflections on their secondary school years last Thursday evening before family and friends.

"When we look back at high school, will we remember calculus class, or will we remember the friendships we made?" posed valedictorian Caroline Parkhill inside a packed Incline High School. "For me, it is about the friendships.

"… As we start our new journeys at university or in our careers, we must not forget that the people we spend time with is equally as important as where you end up."

During her speech, salutatorian Alex Resney told stories of her fellow classmates, highlighting their talents, strengths, funny quirks and character.

"I do have a point to all this," she told the crowd, which laughed at several of her anecdotes. "What I hope you see about our class is that we are all very different, but we all care about each other, and even if we don't know it yet, we will miss one another."

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" … At this time, I'm supposed to give advice about our future, especially focusing on our college careers, but as I said before, I'm a 17-year-old-almost high school graduate. I don't know much. If I'm being honest, everything I know boils down to two things: Work hard and be kind."

Parkhill, however, did offer some advice to her fellow classmates.

"Use what you are given," she said. "Take the talent and the potential that you have and apply it to everything, and don't wait until later; you can do it now. Show the people who said you can't that you did, and never take 'no' for an answer."

Meanwhile, the graduating class left advice for the incoming freshman by completing senior exit interviews that were conducted by Leslie Hermann, Incline's K-12 principal.

"Here it is — the top 10 list of the graduation speech, but this one is really special because it's your list," she said. "You wrote it. You were the authors, and here's the advice you would give to upcoming freshman, and by the way, in about an hour, you'll be an upcoming freshman."

It included recommendations to get involved, explore interests, don't run from challenges, be organized and don't procrastinate.

They're lessons likely to be reiterated and expanded upon for the graduating seniors as they exit high school with diplomas in hand.

"Class of 2015, my very best wishes to you all," Hermann said. "You are an amazing bunch."