While addressing those in attendance at the Brandon-Evansville graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon, Chandler Suchy said it was a bittersweet day as the Class of 2019 closed one chapter of its book and was getting ready to open the next.
Suchy, the salutatorian of the class of 26 seniors, said she was beyond excited to see what the future would hold for her fellow classmates.
"No matter what, I am confident we will do great things," she said.
Reciting the class motto, "Don't look back, you're not going that way," Suchy said it was time for the graduates to follow their dreams and not look back until their dreams become a reality.
"Today we are off to great places, off and away," she said.
Christina Kuismi, the class valedictorian, told her classmates that life was like a book and that each grade was a chapter in their book. She encouraged the Class of 2019 to make a list of chapters they want to write in their book. She said the list was like a bucket list of things they wanted to do, see, achieve.
"Don't leave any of your pages empty," she said.
Kuismi put out a challenge to her classmates, asking them to fill the pages of their book with good times with family and friends, telling them to value the people around them. She said to fill their books with lots of laughter and to celebrate and marvel at the things they accomplish.
At the end of her speech, Kuismi shared a quote by Ernie Harwell, "It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure."