Roswell High School seniors proceed to the football field for commencement ceremonies at the Wool Bowl, Saturday evening. Mark Wilson Photo
Roswell High School seniors concluded one journey and prepared for the next, Saturday, graduating as the school’s Centennial Class of 2012. With 38 honor graduates, the school presented 227 seniors with their diplomas at the Wool Bowl.
RHS Principal Ruben Bolanos asked graduates to remember what it was like when they entered high school as freshmen.
“Look at the people next to you and look at the people around you. Four years ago, you may not have known that individual. And today, you’re probably real good friends or the best of friends, and you will remain lifelong friends,” Bolanos said. “You guys have worked and struggled through many efforts, from knowing where you had to be in your freshman year. …
“As you look back and you remember this trip that you had, this journey, just remember that you worked hard to get here. You worked really hard, and you accomplished it. Whatever obstacles were in the way, you overcame them, and you adapted.”
Senior class president Andrew Aguilar told graduates that whether they were graduating at the top of the class or barely made the cut, one graduate has the same chances for future success as the next.
“We can all achieve greatness, because greatness comes to those who want it the most,” Aguilar said. “Because most people will not be denied, they will not take no for an answer. They will never give up. Those people work hard and sacrifice to achieve goals. They believe in hard work.
“This is one quality I hope to always possess. Hard work is the key to success, and I believe you can achieve anything with it. So no matter what you decide to do with your life, figure out how to get there, and work hard until you get it done. Always remember where you came from, where you’re going and don’t stop believing.”
Lauren Bullock, salutatorian, recollected how on her first day of school this year she saw a poster that said, “No one cares what your GPA was in high school.” She said the poster ultimately inspired her.
“When I read this, my stomach dropped,” she said. “My first thought was, ‘Wow, everything I have worked so hard for my entire life doesn’t even matter.’ But the longer I thought about this, the more I began to realize that it was true. After high school, no one cares what you did in high school.
“Am I saying that all of our efforts that we made in high school to succeed were made in vain? Absolutely not. But what I am saying is: Do not become a has-been. Do not live in the past, but rather, live in the present and look forward to the future. …
“It was once said you’re not going to get very far in life based on what you already know. You’re going to advance in life by what you’re going to learn after you leave here.
“So Class of 2012, as this journey of high school is ending, I urge you to take every opportunity that life gives you to learn. Take chances and live with no regrets. Step out of your safe place, and embrace the world. If you make mistakes along the way, don’t look at them as failures but as lessons. This is our time. So catch life’s winds in your sails, explore, dream and discover.”
Gustavo Sierra, valedictorian, shared some of the hardships he endured while growing up, and thanked his family, friends and teachers for the love and support he received over the years. He asked the audience to take a moment to think about how often each one of them dwells on his or her own hardships, and emphasized how important it is to instead embrace what lies ahead.
“Every graduate sitting here in front of me should feel very proud to be part of the best class, the Centennial Class of 2012,” Sierra said. “The class of the end of the world. …
“We are not here to celebrate the end, but a new beginning by which we shape, by the friendships we make. Always choose to do what makes you happy. …
“Remember the world isn’t over, we’re just taking over.”