Madison County High School’s 2013 valedictorian Cait Felt stood at the podium in the Classic Center May 24 on her last day of grade school and remembered her first day of school.
She said all of her 276 fellow graduates should thank their mothers for “making us go into that classroom even if we were scared.”
“We have all grown in many different ways throughout school, and whatever your journey has been, I would encourage you to reflect upon it and appreciate how far each and every one of us has come from that scared five-year-old,” said Felt.
The valedictorian spoke of the future, too. She quoted Abraham Lincoln’s directive, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
“I think that this quote is perfect for this graduation because of the diversity present in this class,” said Felt. “We’re all vastly different, and that’s a good thing. The best thing about it is that it gives us all an opportunity to master whatever it is we have planned for the next chapter of our life, whether that be enrolling in college, getting a job, or starting a family. Emily, for example, will probably be the frontrunner in solving our country’s obesity epidemic. Justin will tour the world sharing his music, and Kevin will be doing something really amazing that I won’t understand on a farm somewhere. So whether you end up in the ‘Hall of Fame’ or living a quiet life, make sure that you’re passionate about it and that you’re happy doing it.”
Salutatorian Emily Pace encouraged her fellow graduates to “follow your own path.”