CARSON CITY — For many graduating seniors, there are memories, there are accomplishments and there are regrets. But, as senior Lindsay McClintic said during her speech at Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony Sunday, there is no need for advice for her or her peers as they embark on life after high school.
“From here on out, we will be facing many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future,” McClintic said. “So when you think about it, uncertainty is just another word for opportunity.”
Deliberately avoiding anything cliché in her speech, McClintic refrained from offering any lasting advice about the future and instead invoked a sense of courage, pride and confidence to her 75-person class.
“I said earlier in my speech that I’m not going to be giving any advice, and I won’t because we don’t need it,” McClintic said. “We are going to be just fine. We got this.”
Who could blame McClintic for her confidence in her peers to succeed in the next step in their lives? This past year, Carson City-Crystal has enjoyed many impressive feats, as both McClintic and fellow senior speaker Scott Postema pointed out, including:
• The varsity football team went undefeated in the regular season, the first time in school history, and reached the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
• Both the school’s marching band and concert band earned a Division I rating in Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association competition. For the marching band, it was its first Division I rating.
• For the third consecutive year, the girls varsity basketball team earned a district title.
• Once again, the wrestling team was solid, earning another trip to the state finals.
After listing the many accomplishments his school and individual students earned over the year, Postema looked at his peers, surrounded by a packed gymnasium of family and friends, and offered his gratitude to his classmates.
Remembering the class trip to Mackinac Island in fourth grade, the athletic events, prom and the many days of classes and lunches together he spent with his classmates, Postema said he cherished all the great memories he made with his classmates during his elementary and high school years.
“I can’t be any prouder to graduate with you all today,” he said.
But as confident as this year’s class may be, Postema proved the class of 2014 is also humble, as he praised all those who helped shaped their lives over the past four years, thanking coaches, teachers, board members, faculty and friends and family.
Both McClintic and Postema also paid tribute and remembrance of three classmates who died in recent years. As photographs of two of the late classmates stood on a small table in front of the podium, both seniors and school guidance counselor Grant Woodman called the names of Jacob Maus, then 12; Makayla Currier, then 14; and Kelsey Megliola, 17.
“While they are not physically here with us, we will carry their memory with us forever,” Postema said.
Woodman served in place of Principal Duane Lyons as announcer for the ceremony, as Lyons could not attend due to a death in the family.
After the graduates received their diplomas, they were dismissed by Woodman and, in single file, walked around the outline of the basketball court in a symbolic thank you gesture to those in attendance as the song “On Top of the World” by The Script played over the speakers.