STANTON — Graduates from Central Montcalm High School received well wishes and advice on how to be themselves and have a successful future.
On Sunday, the high school filled with friends and family to wish 113 graduates well in their next chapter.
According to Principal Anthony Petersen, of the 113 students, six are going on to serve the country in the military and thousands of dollars were awarded in scholarship funds to the class of 2013.
“I challenge you to continue to dream,” he told the students. “You have the potential to change the world.”
Graduate Benjamin Bishop welcomed the crowd, which marked the next chapter in the students’ lives.
Bishop thanked the students’ support team for getting them to where they are today.
“Thank you — parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles — for making this possible,” Bishop said.
Salutatorian Zachery Petersen encouraged his classmates to make positive choices and go down positive paths in their next chapters.
“Only you can take the path you choose to take,” Zachery Petersen said.
Valedictorian Maureen McCallum agreed with her classmate, noting there are many things that define each student and being one self should be embraced.
Superintendent Kristi Teall took the stage and also encouraged the newly graduated students to have a successful future.
She shared advice from Arnold Schwarzenegger on six rules for being successful.
The rules consist of the following:
1. Trust yourself. 2. Break the rules. 3. Don’t be afraid to fail. 4. Ignore the naysayers. 5. Work hard. 6. Give something back.
But most of all, she left the graduates with two thoughts to not forget.
“Be happy … and never forget where you came from,” Teall said.
The class of 2013’s class flower is a stargazer lily. Their song is “You’re Gonna Miss This,” by Trace Adkins. Their class motto is “Our paths are behind us, our lives are before us and our memories are forever within us.”