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Good evening faculty, staff, board members, family, friends, and the class of 2011. Welcome to the graduation ceremony for the cl~s of 2011. I want to express my gratitude for being here tonight. First, I thank God: Without my faith, Valedictnrian Speech - Ethan Cline [ would not be speaking in front of you tonight. God has helped me every step of the way and has answered so many of my prayers. Also, I thank my family, my pastor, and my church family for sup- porting me. Your love and prayers have inspired me. Next, I thank my parents for providing me love and a stable home. Without your support and encourage- ment, I would not be the person I am today. I also want to thank the teachers and the staff. Teachers, thank you for your dedication to every one of your students and for your encouragement. And to the staff, thank you for all your hard work that makes the school run smoothly. Thank you again to all who have come tonight. These past four years have flown by. It seems like y~terday we were walk- ing the halls as freshmen and now we are about to receive our diplomas. I remember all those countless hours of working on homework and studying for tests, and wondering if it was worth it.. I can say now, it was worth it. These past four years of high school have taught me to never give up on the dreams you have. And I am humbled to be standing here tonight. I know that many of my classmates worked just as hard as I have or even harder than I have, and they deserve to be up here just as much as I do. I am honored to be representing the class of 2011 this graduation night. TO my classmates: A lot of us have been together from preschool. We've developed friendships that have impacted our lives forever. Every one of you has gifts and talents that will lead you to great success. Some of you may not know what you are going to do in the future. Some of you may know very well what you are going to do. Whether you know or not, follow your dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Rear.ember these words: Do not go where a lot of people have already gone but instead be a leader and make your own trail I find it ironic that I tel] you that individuality is important while all of us are oressed alike in purple caps and gowns. Also remember, that it is okay to lean on others for wisdom and" guidance. Great leaders become great by seeking wise counsel. Always remember our years at Mt. Pulaski High School. We have expe- rienced many things together and have made lasting friendships. Always remember the past, cherish the present, and look to the future with hope. As we leave tonight, take the time As we leave her tonight, take the time to tell your friends how much they mean to you, take the time to tell your teachers how much you appreciate their dedica- tion and influence, and finally, take the time to tell your family how much you love them and appreciate their undying support. And in the words of Gary Bolding, "Your families are extremely proud of you. You can't imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money." May God bless the class of 2011. Thank you. Are you? One out of the ten people over 50 suffering from a hearing loss? Asking others tO repeat themselves because they mumble? Suffering from tinging in your ears? Turning up the TV volume loud, and still not understanding? We can help you! From mild, moderate, or severe we have a hearing instrument for you! This is loss may like... e to use! Automatically adjusts to your environment! Superior feedback elimination! 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Graduate Saman- tha Nichols made opening remarks, and 2011 class president, Haley Casper, addressed the assembly. Principal Terry Morgan addressed the group, and Prin- cipal Morgan and Mrs. Nancy Olander, Guidance Counselor presented scholas- tic achievement awards. Senior choral members sang "When- ever You Remember" by Dian Warren. Valedictorian Ethan Cline and Salu- tatorian Hannah Allen addressed the group. Principal Morgan and board members Mrk Diane Deppe and Ms. Kathy Boward awarded diplomas, A senior slide show presentation, coordinated by graduate Kaxilyn Walsh, and closing remarks by graduate Patrick Bree concluded the ceremony. not just a A tangible plan for financial security should include homeowners insurance from COUNTRY You'll find that it's affordable now.., and priceless when you need it, Issued by COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company, S, Bloomington, IL. Larry D. Medaris LUTCF 31 6 S. Washington - Mt. Pulaski FINANCIAL ww~countryfinancial,com June 18, 2011 Mt. 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