LYMAN — Music and applause filled the air as Lyman High School’s graduating class of 2017, adorned in shimmering blue robes and a variety of colorful stoles descended the stairs in the PAC.
As the graduates took their seats, silence washed over the auditorium and class president Lyndee Walker rose to the podium to welcome the audience, followed by the invocation led by Madison McCreath.
After the invocation, the Lyman High School band gave an outstanding performance of the “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Salutatorian Konnor Legault stood next. The young man cleared his throat, and explained that he would be giving a “typical graduation speech.”
Legault began by thanking his arms for always being at his side and his fingers for getting him through math. “And since I’m giving a typical graduation speech,” Legault said “ I would like to thank my parents and my friends most of all.”
The crowd cheered as valedictorian Emily Jackson came forward. “I know a man…” began Jackson, delving into the story of her own father who faced several challenges in life but didn’t let any of them slow him down.
Jackson explained that part of the reason her father was so successful was because he was surrounded by positive influences and never let unfair situations get in his way. Jackson encouraged her fellow classmates to do the same as they moved forward through life.
“Think about all of those who believed in us, sacrificed for us and taught us to work hard,” Jackson said.
Valedictorian Emily Jackson encourages classmates to not be afraid of failure.
Salutatorian Konner Legault tells classmates they are off to great places. COURTESY PHOTOS