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Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

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On Friday, June 7, Superintendent Dr. Erin Murphy spoke of the deep bond and commitment shared by the Class of 2024. “Never forget the importance of showing up for one another,” she told the students as she commended them for their collective force for good that they bring into the world.

valedictorian speakerDuring this year’s commencement ceremony, held at Lakewood High School’s Dick Cardinal Stadium, valedictorian Kamran Alavi Zargar addressed the student body. He reflected on a personal setback his senior year when he tore his ACL and meniscus during the Homecoming football game. While the injury forced him to miss out on sports for much of the year, he said the experience gave him perspective on how to live life to the fullest. “Happiness emerges from moments of sorrow,” he said. “Compassion blossoms after suffering. Love arises in the wake of loss.” He urged his fellow graduates — “my friends who have been on this journey with me” — to go after what you really want.

KianaClass speaker Kiana Schroeder looked back on a freshman writing assignment – a letter to her future self that she wrote during the pandemic. While she wasn’t able to live up to all of her freshman self’s hopes for the future, she was able to cherish the moments with her friends during her time at Lakewood High School. “Even through tough times,” she said, “we chose to make the most out of high school.”  

Faculty Speaker Jeremiah Wohlgemuth had a collection of dad jokes (Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? At the bottom.) through which he illustrated that achievement and success come gradually, then suddenly.

And suddenly we are at the end of the year, but oh, oh, the places you will go. Congratulations, graduates!

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