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Julia Beccue - Valedictorian Speech 2 Hello, and welcome to the graduation ceremony of the class of 2015. On behalf of all of us, I thank you for coming. Letme start offby saying how proud I am of our- class for making it through high school. That's no small feat. I mean, Sammy, let's be real, I think we all got a little worried you wouldn't make it because of all the- school you missed. And Maggie, isn't three weeks a little too much time to miss when you get mono? In all honesty, though, we made it through laughter and tears, good hair days and bad hair days. We made it through countless running days. We made it througl Miss Gross's winter final that almost killed the entire physics class. We made it through an entire bus ride to St. Louis with Alec, Haley, Caroline, and Ashton singing at the top of their lungs. If we could make it through all of that, I'm positive we can survive whatever is thrown at us in the future. This school has done one heck of a good job at preparing us for what lies ahead, that's for sure. We've gained so much from Mt. Pulaski, like friend- ships, pounds (thanks for letting us have two burritos on burrito day, Sue), and, believe it or not, knowledge. That being said, we've also lost some things, like sev- eral hours of sleep. Anyways, sit back and relax while I try to speed read in order to make it through this speech before we all start crying. In our time at Mt. Pulaski Higlh School, we've learned lots of important information that will be very useful in our future careers. We now know that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of tthe cell and that the Ivory Coast looks like a piece of toast. And let's not forget about Mrs. Famam teaching us all about how fractions are friends, not food. We also learned some prettY valuable life lessons. For example, don't bring up religion unless you are prepared for a debate. On a more serious note, our time at MPHS has taught us to branch out and try new things, like auditioning for drama club or joining a new sport. We've learned to be ourselves, and we've learned to not be afraid to stand out, We're no longer the timid freshmen who were terrified of making fools of themselves in front of the upperclassmen. We've found our best friends and even made some new ones along the way. Most importantly, we've learned to accept change. At this point in our lives, we haven't experienced change too terribly much, but we know it's coming. Next year, we aren't going to go to school together. Next year, we aren't going to see each other every day in the halls. Next year, we CARVING By Larry Wilham... .. iavailable at Salt Creek Attic. Deadline June 22 Deadline is Monday June 22 for next issue. Publication of any article submitted at dead- line is subject to space available. aren't going to sit with the same people at lunch. Our classes will be harder, our teachers will be different, and some of us may not even live at home. Next year will bring a lot of change for all of us. It doesn't matter if you're going to go to school in Lincoln or Texas. It doesn't matter if you're going togo into the mil- itary or you just don't quite know what you want to do. Next year is the start of a new chapter in all of our lives. Hope- fully, the change that is to come will be for the better. While knowledge is incredibly impor- tant and will be useful forever, the best part of high school isn't sitting in class taking notes every day. I know what you're all thinking. Shouldn't the vale- dictorians enjoy sitting in class taking notes? While it's true that ! probably hate taking notes less than your aver- age teenager, even I have to admit that the best part of high school is spending every day with your friends. Sure, we've all had our ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we knbw that we can count on each other to be there whenever we need a friend. Some of us have spent more than twelve years going to school at Mt. Pulaski. Others spent their younger days at Zion before joining with us in high school. Of course, let's not forget about those of us that moved from someplace else. Somehow, we all ended up here at Mt. Pulaski High School for at least this past year. Senior year, in my opinion, has been the year that our class has grown the closest. During the Homecoming Week and FFA Week activities, we rallied together to win the class versus class challenges. We managed to make it all the way to St. Louis and back without losing anyone. We supported each other at volleyball and bas- ketball games, and we've lost that sense of "dique- iness" that we had in Jr. High. We've grown together as a class, and that has helped us to grow individually, as well. Freshman me wouldn't have been able to get up here and give a speech to so many people, but my classmates have helped me to see that it's okay to step out of your comfort zone. Of course, none of us would have made it to gradu- . ation without the support of others. I'd like to thank  some of those people. To my teachers: thank you for " everything you've done for not only me, but for all of us. You've pushed us to do our best in everything. You've taught us lessons that extend way beyond the classroom, and you deserve all the thanks in the world. Mom, Dad, and everyone else in my family, thank you for supporting me in everything I've done. You've , helped me to become the young woman I am today, and you've put up with me through all of my late night I,d study sessions and breakdowns. For that, I can never ol repay you. I love you. To my best friend, Samantha McCarty: thank you for putting up with me no matter what. I can never repay you for all that you've given me. You've made my time in high school so much better than it would've been without you. I love you. And lastly, to my fellow graduates: where do I begin? We've gone through so much together, and you've all changed my life for the better. Thank you for making the past few years of my life the best ones to date, and I wish you all the best in the future. In closing, I'd like to leave you all with a quote from President Franklin Roosevelt. He said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Now that we are getting ready to go out and face the world, I'd like you all to think of this quote whenever you're unsure about your future. Challenges can be faced, and hardships can be overcome, but if you never try, you won't accomplish anything. So, my fellow graduates, as we start the rest of our lives, face every challenge. Don't run from adversitY. If the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, what's stopping us from going out and leading crazy, incredible lives? Hopefully, when we all come back for our class reunions, we'll have wild stories to share with each other. But between now and then we have a lot of living to do. Soon it will be time for us all to depart and go our separate ways. But remember, this isn't a goodbye. It'sa see you later. MPHS Semester Honor Roll Seniors Straight A: Eliza- beth Allen, Julia Beccue, Blake Col- lier, Alecsandria Hayes, Margaret Olson, Haley Vaughan High Honors: Matthew Amidon, Caroline Huff, Garrett Johnston, Sydney Koehler, Andrew Moody, Samantha Morris, Hannah Riedle, Kelsey Wilham Honors: Beau Collier, Clayton Lindley, Michael Lowery, Samantha McCarty, Whitney Nichols, Andrew Viner, Ashton Wakeman, Shelby Young Honorable Mention: Michael Bruce, Haley DeRight, Brandon Hickey, Oliver Pal, Brady Walsh, Molly Williams ]uniors Straight A: Brian Batchelder, Elizabeth Siebert High Honors: Dalton Dierker, Elizabeth Ford, Miranda Hilliard, Dalton Litterly Honors: Kamryn Aylesworth, Emaleigh Berry, Devin Jones, Bre- Anna Rentmeister Honorable Mention: Lauren Anderson, Madeline Davis, Hannah Freer, Emily Maus, Emily Payne, Lilly Pickett, Caleb Przykopanski, Brianna Stewart, Will Stewart, Lauren Thompson Sophomores Straight A: TJ Ben- hart, Zach Drake, Josh Dyer, Eli Olson High Honors: Lukas Aylesworth, Eli Greisheim, Madeline Moody Honors: Alexandra Beckers, Dan- ielle Miller, Halley Moore Honorable Mention: Alexis Byme, Alexandria Clemons, Gabby Henson, Gage Henson, Ashley Houser, KaitY Jason, Makenzie Lock, Madison Nixon, Keaton Polen, Alyssa Stauffer, Alaina Tibbs Freshman Straight A: Corey Beccue, Ashley Berry, Faith Doeri,, Nathan Ford, Olivia Letterle, Peyton Taylor Honors: Tosha Boyer, Felipe Buenrostro, Bayley Holmes, Jordan Sanchez, Emma Schoth Honorable Mention: Kait- lin Davis, Jaden Elliott, Taylor Hardwick, John Hilliard, Abrielle Howard, Hailey Stogner, Brayden Trimmer, Emily Wakeman