FRANKSTON — Ciao.
A simple Italian word meaning “hello” or “goodbye” that means so much more for Frankston High School's 2014 graduating class, according to valedictorian Leah Landry.
Commencement ceremonies, held Friday in the school's gymnasium, honored the district's 53 graduating seniors, beginning the the traditional processional to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance followed by the opening invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Senior Class Officer Evan Morris then came up to the stage to welcome attendees to the ceremony.
“I'm going to say a few things before the much smarter and better-looking people come up here,” he opened jokingly.
His message was followed immediately by the first full speech of the night by Cheyenne Gideon, Salutatorian of the class of 2014.
“We've been together for 13 years, and now, we end our journeys here together,” Gideon said. “We started in kindergarten together, most of us for the entire time stuck together and made it here to our graduation.
“Along the way, we learned discipline, how to work as a team and what we need to know for the real world,” she added. “All of our hard work has finally paid off and now we must track our successes and follow our dreams as we move forward.”
She then read a selection from Joshua 1:9 which reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord, your God, will be with you wherever you go.”
Frankston ISD Superintendent Nicci Cook approached the podium to give out awards to a few seniors before Valedictorian Leah Landry presented her speech to classmates.
“First of all, we must be thankful to everyone who helped us get to this point,” Landry said. “We have to be thankful for our families, and we have to be thankful for each other.