TAHOE CITY, Calif. — On the cusp of the next phase in their lives, North Tahoe High School graduates this week heard words reflecting on their young careers and what the future holds.
“As a class, you have many amazing achievements in academics, the arts and athletes,” the school’s principal, Joanna Mitchell, told the 73 graduates before family, friends and teachers Tuesday afternoon at Laker Stadium. “You include nationally ranked skiers, state champions and all-state and honor band musicians, but most importantly you’ve proven yourselves to be socially conscious community members, mature communicators and college and career ready.”
Graduation isn’t just about celebrating things that have been achieved, she said, but a celebration of new beginnings.
“Whatever the next adventure may lead, the class of 2013 will continue to excel, gaining knowledge, friendship, experience and memories with every step we take in this never-ending pursuit of happiness,” said senior Nicolo Monforte in his valedictory speech.
As for what’s in store for him and his classmates 10 years from now, Monforte said it’s a hard question to answer.
“Saying exactly where you’ll be sets up blinders and leaves little room for exploration,” said Monforte, who graduated with the distinction of summa cum laude, an honor given to students who earn straight A grades in every high school class. “Wherever I am in 10 years, I hope to be happy, be healthy and enjoying life to the fullest.”
Fellow valedictorian and summa cum laude graduate Camille Joubert pondered aloud where she and fellow classmates will be years from now.
“What will everyone be like?” she asked. “Will we be the same, or will be completely different? Will we be driving fancy cars or the same old Subarus? Will Gus be producing movies? Will we have watched Nico and Jess in the Olympics? These are all types of questions that we’ll have to wait and see the answers for.”
Joubert encouraged students “to keep growing, keep pushing yourselves, be brave, take risks, make mistakes, learn — and most importantly, just have fun.”
Mitchell also advocated for hard work.
“You can be whoever you want to be and can do whatever you want to do, but your dreams will not come true just because you want them to,” she said. “Designing a life that brings you happiness and satisfaction is hard work and looks different for everyone.”
The class of 2013’s past four years of hard work paid off when Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Rob Leri announced to its members they had met the requirements for a high school diploma, before collecting them one at a time with smiling faces.
“Now we each go off on our own paths as we conquer the world,” Joubert said. “… Watch out world, here we come.”
“You’ve proven yourselves to be socially conscious community members, mature communicators and college and career ready.”
Principal, North Tahoe High School