By Chris Johnson
The Salutatorian and Valedictorian of the Forreston High School Class of 2016 told classmates to remember everything about their time at Forrestville Valley.
“Celebrate the moment and looking forward to our future adventures,”said Salutatorian Anna Krecklow Sunday afternoon. “Remember your past.”
She said that when school began in preschool and kindergarten everything was new and exciting for the students.
That was the first time parents dropped their kids off for school.
Then things changed in first grade for the class of 2016.
“Remember first grade when those in Leaf River went to a new school,” she said. “Remember when we kicked the kick ball high and tried to catch it.”
Then the students from German Valley, the GV crew as Krecklow called them during her speech came to Forreston.
“The GV crew had to join the frightening Forreston kids,” Krecklow said. “Think of the hours on the school bus and friends made because of it.”
She said graduation is the time to celebrate everything about school but also a day to remember the teachers, friends, and parents who helped along the way.
“We had a pretty amazing senior year even though there were no snow days,” Krecklow said. “This is our day. This day will be one we never forget. Let this moment be a celebration. Our futures are open to everything. We can be anyone we want to be. We can do anything we put our minds to. We can go anywhere life takes us. There are infinite possibilities.”
Forty-eight seniors walked across the stage Sunday afternoon to receive their diplomas.
Some will go to college, others to the workforce, and at least one has plans to join the military.
Valedictorian Naeva Groenewold took time during her speech to point out all the different accomplishments the Class of 2016 completed. From one of the highest ACT scores in school history to achievements on the athletic fields.
She included art accomplishment and moments of laughter shared by her classmates.
The Cass of 2016 asked science teacher Robert Wagner to address the students and he shared several pieces of advice to the graduates.
“You are going to have problems and you are going to need to reach out,” said Wagner. “My sister died of cancer. When she was sick she always hugged me. We were not huggers, but our whole family became huggers. I want you to never take your parents, family, or kids for granted. Life is fragile. Tell people that you love them.”