Memorable moments from the commencement speeches

By on June 15, 2016

Dr. April Hershey, District Superintendent

It was our goal to teach you with heart, so that you learned by heart. It’s my contention that at Warwick, learning occurs when the mind and heart are engaged together.

The combination of these phenomenon demonstrated by our students is much more important than any test score.

You learned by heart what it means to share yourselves with others in order to make their lives better. You learned by heart what it means to be a good citizen and a good person. You learned by heard that reaching out to others provides a wealth of rewards you never knew existed.

What you have learned here is not simple memorization. it’s a combination of knowledge, skills, and values that will provide you a foundation for future success. Use what you have learned by heart to make this world a better place.

Tyler Bogda, 2016 Class President

Our journey to this point feels like it has passed in the blink of an eye. Looking past the new challenges, there were new privileges to be found.

As William Jennings Bryan said, “Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.”

Elisabeth (Ellie) Bach

Diogenes once said, “We are more curious about the meaning of dreams than about the things we see when awake.”

We must keep our eyes open and seek out the truth in every circumstance. Be curious. Ask questions. Discover things for yourselves. Don’t ever take anything for granted.

Lauren Snader

As young adults starting our new futures, it’s important to understand the impossibility of perfection, the balance between success and failure, and the value of determination.

Perfection is unrealistic. Everyone one of us can only give our best effort and be the best versions of ourselves.

It’s important to find a passion and stay focused on it despite frustrations and obstacles.

Abigael Weit, Salutatorian

Our class has the potential to make this generation guided by technology be one of the most achieving times in the history of man. I am suggesting that we all take on the responsibility to represent our generation in the way it deserves.

Dr. Seuss once said, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

The second we accept the differences we have with others, we are one step closer towards uniting those who were once were once seen as small with the rest of society.

Kiernan McNelis, Valedictorian

You may never truly know the impact that you have on others until you consider the impact that others have had on you.

My wish for you is that you reconsider your perspective on the last four years. In addition to remembering all that you did, remember also all that others did for you.

We have spend 18,144,000 seconds at Warwick, and now we are left with the potential to make our lives what we want them to be. We have the power to be that positive influence in the world by seizing each moment as an opportunity to impact those around us.

Robert Brault said, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize that they were the big things.”

Dr. Ryan Axe, Principal

“Kids these days.”

That is a statement that seems to have been uttered before the dawn of time. Every one of us can think of a time when that same phrase was stated about our own generation.

Kids these days have access to the world in their pockets, they can access information faster than ever before, and many of them are digital natives.

It’s tougher than we think. With the speed they are able to process all that surrounds them, they still need to have time to be kids growing to young adults. Here are some items for consideration when you shake your head and think to yourself, “Kids these days.”

Kids these days… are not all obsessed with technology; are underestimated; have real struggles and stress; are capable of changing lives; are aware and open-minded; have an undying compassion for life; and support each other no matter the event of activity.

Seniors, we will always have your back at Warwick. We want you to know that we are extremely proud of “kids these days.”


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