At the Forest Lake High School class of 2014 graduation on Thursday, June 5, graduating senior Preston Huddleston urged his classmates to let failures refine, not define them. Instead of being ordinary, Huddleston said, we should “strive to be extraordinary.”
(Photos by Mary Bailey)
The band played “Pomp and Circumstance,” the choir performed an arrangement of “Loch Lomond,” and three seniors performed solos as part of the musical offerings.
High school social studies teacher Heidi Link gave the commencement address. She described her college experience as being in control of her life, out of the shadow of her older brother and away from the friends she’d spent childhood with. “Everything had to come from within,” she said. Link said she chose education as a career in spite of her father encouraging her to study law, engineering or architecture — and then at one point told him she was dropping out. “He asked me three questions,” she said: “How did you prepare for that exam? Did you ask for help? And what are you going to do differently next time?” Link said she envied the students’ fresh opportunity to make a positive impact on the world, and told them “what matters most is not the size of your paycheck, but whether you make a difference, and whether you are happy with your life. You have an unlimited growth potential. Use it.”
Because of rain the ceremony was held in the gym, with parents sitting in the bleachers.
Senior Jarod Bowers had the class on their feet to “peel bananas, eat bananas, go bananas.”