Landrum High School’s salutatorian speech from Kaitlyn Dill

Published 9:29am Friday, June 21, 2013

Welcome, students, faculty, staff, parents, friends and family.

I would like to thank you for being here on this special day to recognize Landrum High School’s Class of 2013. Congratulations, Class of 2013, we made it to graduation day. This momentous day, that seemed like it would never come, is finally here.

I’ve known some of my classmates since we were very small, having our own little weddings on the preschool playground with rings made of clover. It seems like just the other day some of us were graduating with a circus theme from kindergarten at O.P. Earle. Then we blinked and we were walking on the black line at Landrum middle. Soon after, we were going to high school and starting a new chapter in our lives. We were not sure if we would like the “Campobello Kids” and the Campobello Kids probably were not sure if they’d like us Landrum Kids. Then, we walked through the doors of this high school four years ago and became one; we became what would be known as the Landrum High School Class of 2013. In less than an hour, we will be high school graduates.  We have grown and learned together. But most importantly, together we have been shaped into the people we are today. It took commitment and hard work! We have been so blessed to be taught by caring teachers, who genuinely wanted us to succeed. They have invested so much in, not only our education, but also our development, as individuals. High school has been a place to foster learning, but we not only learned in our academic classes, we also learned outside of class. Some of us have learned that there are more important things in life than what people think of us. Some of us have learned to be leaders, whether in one of the clubs, here, at Landrum or out on the fields and courts within the athletic program. We’ve made memories during our time at Landrum, memories that will last forever. High school graduation marks but one of the many journeys taken over the course of our lives. We will make many more journeys as our lives progress. But we must not forget the knowledge, friendships, life lessons and values that we learned during our time at Landrum. 

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