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The Dansville Online
  • DCS student speech: Taylor Ingram

  • What do you have in your pockets? Some may have a wallet, possibly loose change and I’m sure nearly everyone is carrying keys. K-E-Y: three letters that together spell a simple word that has had a significant meaning in our time as students at Dansville High School.In the last four years, we have witnessed...
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  • What do you have in your pockets? Some may have a wallet, possibly loose change and I’m sure nearly everyone is carrying keys. K-E-Y: three letters that together spell a simple word that has had a significant meaning in our time as students at Dansville High School.
    In the last four years, we have witnessed key players in athletic events make the key play, basket, goal or move that won the game for the Mustangs.
    We have listened to our talented peers in the chorus and Chamber Singers sing every note on key, or play an instrument in the right key in concert or jazz band and even running around the football field at half time with the Marching Mustangs.
    In the art department, students have discovered the key to personalizing our school walls with beautiful murals of things such as Mustangs, cartoon athletes and inspirational quotes.
    Many of the members of our class have played key roles both onstage and backstage at numerous musicals, including “Music Man,” “Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat,” “Anything Goes” and “Cinderella.”
    Students in our class have held key leadership positions to ensure that everything runs smoothly in National Honor Society, student council, class government and other clubs and organizations.
    We have all memorized, or forgotten, combinations that were the key to unlocking our lockers, or the lockers of friends who were generous enough to share with us.
    There have been too many teachers, counselors and coaches to name who have been the key to unlocked potential that we were unable to see in ourselves. And the great friends we have made have been the key to keeping us sane during the trying years of high school.
    Our parents have supported each of one of us and been the key motivation to our success in high school. And, I’m sure none of us will ever forget the first time they handed us the keys to the car, or the world of freedom and new experiences that those keys unlocked for us.
    Class of 2011, today we will receive the most important key Dansville Central School can provide. This key will unlock a new world of possibilities for each of us. As we cross the stage today and receive our diplomas, we gain far more than a piece of paper in celebration of our academic success. We have earned a key that unlocks the doors to our futures.
    In the fall, some of us will receive a key to our college dorm rooms, while others will receive the key to an F-16 or Humvee as they serve our country in the military. Some of us will receive plane tickets, which will be their key to experiencing world travel, and others will begin their careers with their first key to a workplace. And who knows, maybe someday one of us will receive the key to the Oval Office.
    Page 2 of 2 - Today we receive a key that unlocks the door to a challenging, bright and amazing future. As I ready myself to walk through that door to an exciting life as a college freshman, I encourage each of you to remember our days together at DHS with pride and happiness and how they have prepared us to unlock and take the first step through our door to the future; a future full of opportunities, success and happiness. We now hold the keys to make that future truly great.
    In the months ahead, our lives are going to become more hectic as we prepare ourselves for the next adventure. But before you leave the house, make sure the iron is off, be sure to turn off the lights and don’t forget your keys.

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