KENNETT SQUARE—The 2019 graduating class at Kennett High School were told not to be afraid to make mistakes in life, because many times valuable lessons are made.
“ When you make mistakes, you learn more than if you had initially succeeded,” Molly Hohner told her classmates. “By that measure, we all learned a lot throughout our 12 years of school. But, we made it through and thrived in doing so. And, that will continue to be the case in whatever we may choose to pursue next. As we look forward to the next four, we should remember those missteps, carry them with us, and learn and grow from those experiences. (Those mistakes) all taught us a valuable life lesson, no matter how small.”
The weather was perfect Friday night for commencement exercises held right outside of the high school.
Senior Nancy Avalos told her classmates not to count periods or minutes or semesters, but instead count blessings.
“After today we won't be counting periods,” she said. “We won't be counting minutes, waiting for the clock to give us our freedom. We won’t be counting semesters. Instead, we will be counting all the accomplishments that are waiting for us in the future. Today is just the first of many.”
Class PresidentPierce Genereux reminded the graduating class how important their parents were in helping them to achieve success.
“I think that our parents, guardians, and family members are happier than we are that we graduated because they can finally get rid of us,” Genereux said. “Most of us don't realize it, but they have done more good for us than we have done for ourselves at times. They raised us up from tiny babies, not able to do anything for ourselves, and have helped nurture us and guide us to where we stand today. With their help, as Dr. Seuss says, we now have knowledge in our heads and our feet in our shoes and now we can steer ourselves in any direction we choose.”
Genereux told classmates that as they go through life, always be kind, keep swimming no matter what life throws at you, and follow your passion.
Kate Erisman said graduates experienced many milestones during their education at Kennett High.
“The drive and determination fostered by Kennett High School has given us all the confidence to set many lofty goals and achieve them,” she said. “The robotics team made it to Worlds twice. The track team continues to set and break school records. The boys swim team became district champions for the first time ever. The field hockey team beat Unionville for the first time in twelve years, Mini-THON raised over $42,000 for childhood cancer, and members of the marching band were invited to perform in the Rose Parade.”
Kevin Lemu told classmates that even though they will take different paths in life, they should embrace individuality.
“Our hard work has demonstrated we do not need to be geniuses to accomplish great things, that those who are considered average can be successful.,” he said. “We are all different, and we should all navigate our own individual back roads. We can all travel different routes, see different things, have different experiences, but in the end, reach the same goal. Today is proof of that.”