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The Dansville Online
  • Way-Co valedictorian speech: Sarah Wolcott

  • Good afternoon members of the WCCS Board of Education, Mr. Wetherbee and administration, faculty and staff, family and friends, and last but not least, the Class of 2011.


    Ladies and gentlemen, this is it, the day we finally say goodbye. Goodbye to our classmates, goodbye to our old friends, goodbye to our favorite teachers.

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  • Good afternoon members of the WCCS Board of Education, Mr. Wetherbee and administration, faculty and staff, family and friends, and last but not least, the Class of 2011.
    Ladies and gentlemen, this is it, the day we finally say goodbye. Goodbye to our classmates, goodbye to our old friends, goodbye to our favorite teachers.
    We began together in elementary school, some of us from Cohocton with Mr. Holmwood and Miss Borelli and other from Wayland with Mrs. Waltman and Mrs. Day or from St. Joes with Mrs. Kahn. And now we are here … at our graduation. In just a few moments we will be walking across this very stage and completing a significant part of our lives. A time filled with accomplishments including learning how to read and write in elementary, meeting your best friend and going on the whale watch and to Darien Lake in middle school, and finally in high school completing the senior essay despite some dreadful grammar and learning how to integrate from good old Mr. Hartman. However, our journey wasn’t without its struggles. The all-nighters spent finishing projects we were assigned a month ago … high schoolers procrastinate? No way. Late night play practices or getting home late after a game and still having to write that English essay we were all dreading. We also experienced unforeseen tragedies as we watched the planes crash into the twin towers on 9/11. Later one, we helped raise money for Haiti after the devastating earthquake., the tsunami in Japan and more recently have felt the pain of those in Joplin, Mo. We have been through a lot together and it has made us all stronger. We’ve also had to endure many losses this year; our great teacher and friend Mr. Mochol, our very own Mr. Averill, and our hero Devin Snyder. They will always have a special place in our hearts and a lasting impression on our lives.
    When you look back on your days at Wayland-Cohocton Central School, what will you remember? Maybe you won’t remember every grade you earned or every detail you were taught in class, but will you remember Brock’s obsession with Justin Bieber or Wylie’s laughter at the most inappropriate times? How about Dan Stenziano always arguing with Mrs. Geiselmann and yet somehow avoiding being sent to the office? I know that I will remember the championships we’ve won, the friendships we’ve made, and the lessons we’ve been taught by our coaches, teachers and families.
    The true question we need to ask ourselves is what are we going to do with the lessons we were taught? It is our responsibility to use those lessons for the betterment of society and for our own success in the future. Maybe you were an athlete who learned to work with a team and figured out how to accomplish your goals or a chess club member who mastered the art of planning and execution. Maybe you were an art, music, or drama student who learned to communicate using alternative methods or a Freshman Mentor who learned how to be a leader and positive role model. Whoever you were you learned the skills necessary to be a prosperous adult, use them. When it comes to the future there are three kinds of people: those who wonder what happened, those who let it happen, and those who make it happen. Be one of those people who make it happen, don’t just back and watch. Take charge and be your own advocate. Do not fear greatness. Thanks to the sacrifices of others, you have been given the opportunity to be great. Embrace it.
    Page 2 of 2 - We would be where we are today with the hard work and dedication of those who believed in us and encouraged us to become the best Thank you to those people who would drop everything for us and will always be there for us, we owe it all to you. And ultimately, thank God for the strength and confidence he has bestowed upon us and for the guidance to make it through.
    As we move on in life, always remember to improvise. If you are in a tree surrounded by skunks, just through them food and run for it! Be the change you wish to see in the world. Go boldly in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined. Congratulations, Class of 2011. We’ve finally made it!

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