Graduation 2012: ‘When opportunity knocks, prepare to hustle’
TRUCKEE, Calif. – The scene looked most like a garden gala. The grassy field was dotted by umbrellas, tents, flowers and blankets, and graduates donned in red and white gowns walked two-by-two from Truckee High’s upper parking lot to the northeast corner of Surprise Stadium before crossing over to several rows of chairs on the grass in front of the bleachers.
As the former students made their way to their seats, the graduates held hands, wrapped their arms around each other’s shoulders, waved at the crowd and blew kisses to the audience. Those parents, grandparents, siblings and friends who were not cheering from the bleachers lined the route of the procession to root for the graduates.
Celebration was in the air
Once all were in place, the national anthem was sung with the grace of a song by Daily Wilson, and Sonia Blanco delivered the Bienvenidos.
Guest speaker and celebrite locale JT Holmes spoke first to the crowd.
“Thank you for having me as the last adult you have to listen to …” he began.
“The world is at your fingertips,” he said. “Decide to become an expert … follow through on your curiosity … and when opportunity knocks, prepare to hustle.”
He also offered sound monetary advice, telling students that cash flow is the key to freedom. “The guy making $2,000 a month and spending $1,500 – he’s the winner.”
Valedictorian Kiersten Knoppel spoke next, delivering her speech, memorized by-heart, wearing a “Cat-In-The-Hat” Hat: “In all the whole town, the most memorable spot is across from Taco Station. Next to a big vacant lot, it’s just the right spot for our wonderful plans, said incoming freshmen – if we’re Wolverine fans.”
Valedictorian Makaiah Mohler started her speech with a sense of lightheartedness, saying that “usually when you are in your robe at noon, you’ve given up on your day.” By the end, though, she told the class to remember they were poised to change the world.
In the fall, graduates from Truckee High will attend more than 80 colleges and universities nationwide.
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