A ‘good day’ for Niles High Class of 2015
Published 9:14 am Friday, May 29, 2015
Robert Lundberg did not deliver an inspiring quote to fellow members of the Niles High School Class of 2015.
He did not have an anecdote about his experience of becoming one of six valedictorians in his graduating class either.
What he did have was a simple observation likely shared by all in attendance at Thursday’s 59th annual commencement ceremony at the high school football stadium.
“Today is a very good day,” he said. “In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that today is a great day. Today is an awesome day. Today is a monumental day, a memorable day… So enjoy it and appreciate it. We all earned it.”
It was also a day that saw 191 seniors receive their diplomas and turn the tassles on their mortars from right to left, signifying the end of grade school life.
For the majority of those graduates, the next step is entering an institution of higher learning.
Principal Robin Hadrick said 91 students will attend a community college or trade school, while 72 will go to a four-year university this fall.
Three graduates will enter the military and 28 will either begin an internship or join the workforce.
“Our students are indeed prepared for their future,” Hadrick said.
Thursday’s commencement also had speeches from valedictorians Nicholas Suckle and Andrew Merica.
Suckle challenged his classmates to think less of themselves and more about others.
“Today’s society is obsessed with selfies… I propose that we be a generation that takes the ‘self’ out of ‘selfishness’ and puts it back into ‘selflessness,’” he said. “I propose that we spread love and joy to those around us because it is my belief that if we do these things, it is there that we will truly find happiness.”
Merica, who will study at Northwestern University, said while he is looking forward to the future, he will never forget his experiences at high school.
“The time to discover what is worth knowing is now,” he said. “We have had great help from everyone in Niles High School, but now is the time for us to venture beyond.”