North Tahoe graduation

Jen Schmidt
Special to the Sierra Sun
One of three valedictorians, Anja Wittels cheers her class at the end of her speech, telling them it is "time to go conquer the world."

and#8220;Although we are small, our hearts are large,and#8221; quoted salutatorian Amy Leininger to her fellow classmates, North Tahoe High School’s Class of 2009. and#8220;We may have been one of the smallest classes but we were also one of the most influential. Honestly, I don’t know what you’re going to do without us.and#8221;

As 70 graduating seniors and hundreds more friends and family members listened Tuesday evening from the stands of North Tahoe’s football field, co-valedictorians Anja Wittels, Hilary Stoner and Arielle Younger each delivered a speech punctuated by a few jokes, many bits of wisdom and countless class memories.

and#8220;2009 is the year of twos and#8230; for instance, it is the last year in this millennium to have the double-zeroes in the middle,and#8221; joked Wittels, putting on a pair of and#8220;2009and#8221; glasses. and#8220;Classes in the future won’t be as stylish as us and#8230; unless maybe you’re one-eyed.and#8221;

and#8220;Be safe, have fun and don’t be afraid to come home,and#8221; said Stoner. and#8220;Because Tahoe isn’t going anywhere.and#8221;

and#8220;It’s hard to believe we’ve lived 18 years,and#8221; said Younger. and#8220;Yet I don’t see the glass as a quarter empty, but three-quarters full. We are still young, and ready to take the world by storm.and#8221;

The school’s principal, Bill Frey, had some fatherly wisdom to share with the class before they finally turned their tassels.

and#8220;You’re never going to have everything you need in place to be successful. But you will be successful if you use everything you have.and#8221;

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