Good afternoon everyone and congratulations to the class of 2012! Cathryn just expressed this sentiment in her speech, and I agree. I will always treasure the bonds within the class of 2012 and the memories we made in high school, including this one: during my last AP Government class, my teacher, Mr. Schels, explained that he maintained a tradition of holding a "Final Seminar" for his seniors. He gave no other details or explanations. When we walked into class on Monday afternoon, he handed out a packet containing what he considered to be the most important work we would read in his class — Dr. Seuss' Oh, The Places You'll Go!
As a child, I underestimated the value of this "children's book," considering it trite wisdom about following your dreams and succeeding in life, typical things proud parents constantly tell their children. However, being a soon-to-be high school graduate brought an entirely new appreciation for the book. Dr. Seuss wisely explained, "You'll be on your way up, you'll be seeing great sights, you'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights."