The 33 graduates of Immaculata High School's Class of 2013 had a chance to reflect on both their past together and prepare to move forward to the future during a graduation ceremony Saturday.
Some of the those in the most recent graduating class from the Leavenworth catholic high school have been together since kindergarten. Valedictorian Megan Abbott, in her comments to the graduates and their friends and family, quickly named nine other students with whom began her journey through school 13 years ago in kindergarten. But she said every one of this year's seniors has had an impact on each others' lives in some way.
“The relationships that we have built throughout the years together are what mean the most,” she said. “We have shared memories and moments that will never be forgotten.”
The class's co-salutatorian alongside Jacob Chapman, Molly Abbott, encouraged her fellow graduates to treasure every moment of their life as they move forward ― into college, into a career, into a family or into the military.
“You appreciate the past for everything that it has taught, the present for everything that it offers and the future for everything that it promises,” she said.
Molly also told her peers to take advantage of the gifts that might come their way. And while they said they won't likely forget the relationships they've built with those longtime classmates, the speakers emphasized that forging ahead creates new, and exciting, opportunities.
“When we come back to the class reunions, we will all tell stories of the memories we shared together and then tell stories of the new memories we have made,” Megan said.