The class of 2000 valedictorians from seven local high schools were asked to offer some advice for this year's high school valedictorians. The following are selected excerpts from their responses:
Emily Gabeler, GHS: "Career-wise, figure out what you really want to do, and do it. Have a long-term goal in mind for the future, and set small ones along the way.Work hard and push yourself. The hard work now will pay off in the future. Also, don't forget to have fun. Don't be too hard on yourself.Don't be totally caught up in school or work.Your family and friends need you. Give them the time and energy they deserve."
Christine Kinnier, JHS: "I would advise anyone to occasionally reflect on your educational, professional and personal goals and to make sure it's what you honestly still want out of life, even if it requires some time off to step back, figure out your current values, and to chart a new course. You're more likely to enjoy your life and to succeed at both your work and your relationships if you're pursing something that you truly love."
Photo courtesy of Christine Kinnier
JHS?alumna Dr. Christine Kinnier began her surgical residency this month at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Katie Cardone, B-P: "[Being valedictorian] doesn't mean you're going to automatically succeed in the future. You have to try hard and work hard."
Jay Atherton, NCS: "You have been blessed with many gifts and talents, all of which are best used at the service of others. Never be ashamed of who or what you are, but always remember that whatever you have within you will only make you happy if you give it away for the benefit of others. Therefore, be sure to cultivate strong friendships, always strive to reach out to others, and resist all temptations - and there will be many - to isolate yourself in some ivory tower of the elite."
Luke Prime, FFCS: "A lot of [being successful] is hard work rather than intelligence, and the key is matching your smarts to your drive.You can make things happen if you work hard. It's important to stay humble."
Danielle Montanye, O-E: "Be yourself and always listen to your heart. Only you know what is the right thing for you. Don't be afraid to take risks, as they can lead to great accomplishments. Anything else should be viewed as a learning experience, something to help you grow and become a better person. Explore the world - there is a lot out there and more opportunities than you'll ever realize if you don't."
Josh Dinaburg, MCS: "Stay in school, stick with it.College can be the best experience of your life, both socially and academically. But it's not always for everyone, so make sure that you go to a place and do what makes you happy.And don't ever forget how to have fun, life is not as serious as they make it out to be."