“There are two paths in life: one seems to be the easy path ... the other, the journey we will be on, leads to success in life,” he said.
Co-valedictorian Kennedy McAlpin shared anecdotes about ways she found to make a difference in the world, including helping to sponsor a small child she met while on a mission trip to South Africa.
“Each one of us can make a difference in someone’s life every day,” said McAlpin, noting it could be something as simple as a helpful comment or a smiling face that could do the trick.
Co-salutatorian Arissa McKee recalled the simpler days for herself and her classmates, when they dreamed big dreams of being a star athlete or a supermodel — or even the President of the United States.
“Now we face reality; we can’t all be president — except maybe (co-valedictorian) Aaron Hall,” quipped McKee before asking, “What are your future plans?... Enjoy the moment. Don’t sweat the small things. Have fun. Enjoy the summer. Live for the moment.”
As a parting gift, the Class of 2013 gave their new principal Mike Murphy a special gift box — a lovely parting gift by which each can remember the other,