Graduates of Hillcrest High School Thursday night were urged to take with them faith and courage to avoid being stereotyped as a "lazy, apathetic and selfish generation."
"Our memories need to include more than just knowledge - more than algebra, chemistry and English," Melanie Selcho told classmates. "As said, `Knowledge without courage is sterile.' To be fruitful as individuals and a society, our memories must include courage as well as knowledge. Our faith to dream and our courage to do will transform our potential to tangibility."The theme "Faith to Dream; Courage to Do" was the focus of each of several addresses by students who bid farewell to one era - only to courageously enter another.
"If we don't dream of becoming the best, then we soon reach our meager expectations and are trapped forever in mediocrity," warned Richard Jared Brown.
Michelle Krelo concurred. "Why not dream the impossible," she asked. "I believe in the many incredible individuals who comprise the class of 1990, and I predict that many of us will some day be able to change the world. Why not?"
But Kerry S. Lengel cautioned that "action requires courage because action is risky. If we are not willing to face failure, we will never achieve."
The graduation ceremony in Schick Stadium was for many an emotional farewell to the safe home many of the seniors have known for three years. As one student summed it up, "It's the completion of one cycle of life."
One commencement speaker, commenting on "this truly auspicious occasion," chose to do so through poetry. Chris Lowder, introducing his poem "Graduation," told parents and friends of graduates not to feel embarrassed "if you feel you need to cry."
The poem read:
"G is for Growth and experiences gained . . . .
R are the Raincoats we wore when it rained.
A is for Architecture, my future career . . .
D is for Doe, a female deer.
U is for Understanding, trust, and compassion . . .
A is for Architecture again.
T is for Trying - to be the best we can be . . .
I is for Engineering and illiteracy.
O is for over, the years quickly pass . . . and
N is for Ninety, the world's greatest class!"
Other graduation speakers included Susan Williams, Belva J. Gillespie and Kimberlee M. Clark, who encouraged graduates to " . . . look upon the past with as much pleasure as you now look upon the future."