“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
The C.S. Lewis quote, referenced by Sarah Haskins, one of three valedictorians at the 131st West Jefferson High School graduation ceremony Saturday, encapsulated the theme of the morning’s ceremony: the passing of time.
Despite the concern of gloomy weather — and with a slight change in venue from Kile Field to the high school gymnasium — 88 students crossed the stage and received their diplomas Saturday morning.
All who spoke at the event focused on how their time at West Jefferson prepared them for what lies ahead.
“We are grateful for everything this experience has given us but we can’t wait to get out and explore what life has to offer,” said valedictorian Taylor Keckley to her fellow students. “So take a deep breath and enjoy this time together as we move into our futures.”
Thomas Farbacher, the third of the valedictorians, also noted that those moments over time made the students into who they are today.
“Today isn’t solely about reminiscence, it’s also about the importance of acknowledging the present,” Farbacher said.
For Haskins, Keckley and Farbacher, that next step in life will be to Ohio State University to begin undergraduate studies. For salutatorian Hope Lewis, that future will be at Otterbein University.
Other awards presented at the ceremony included Outstanding Vocational Student, which went to Brandon Hunt, and the Citizenship Award which went to Sarah Haskins and Cole Howard.
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