On Saturday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. Port Clinton High School held its 130th commencement ceremony. One hundred and thirty four students received their diplomas at True-Lay Stadium. Elise Zeitzheim gave a welcome speech to the graduates and attendees. At the end of the welcome, overcome with emotion, Zeitzheim read a quote from the Broadway musical Wicked, “Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew all of you, I have been changed for good.”
During the Superintendent’s Address, Pat Adkins told the students “getting to know each other can enrich our own lives and the lives of others.” Adkins also told personal stories about a few students that received laughs from the crowd.
Student speaker Noah Cross offered a word of advice to his fellow students about happiness. “If you’re doing what makes you happy,” said Cross, “then your life is a success. Do not worry about how other people think of you because in the end all that matters is how we view ourselves.”
In closing, Cheyenne Meek, Class of 2014 valedictorian, stated “Success is never final, failure is never fatal; it is courage that counts. And that is what I want to wish you all in your futures, regardless of what path you choose… courage. Have the courage to stand back up after every fall and the courage to even fall in the first place.”