RHS val

Lindsay Donham, RHS Valedictorian, speaks to fellow graduates of the evening’s significance as a new beginning.

Tonight is the display of a perfect paradox. It is both the celebration of an end, our past time and efforts unified as a class, and the introduction of a new beginning, our futures as we leave each other and Rockwall. 

Tonight is ultimately a celebration of time; time spent in this high school learning, studying and growing as a class and the anticipated time we will spend apart. 

First, we recognize our past time and accomplishments. As a class, we have attended Rockwall schools for an average of eight years. 

From Utley to the high school we have matured bridging the gap between Cain and Williams, and have encountered and overcome many similar obstacles. 

We were presented with challenges within the classroom; our most grueling classes were algebra II, chemistry and advanced placement world history.

For many, the sophomore year was the most arduous as we adjusted to a new school and wondered if we would ever survive both Sterns and Perrin Problems. 

Not only our dedication but the teachers’ and administration’s has significantly aided us through the years. As a class, our favorite teachers were overwhelmingly Coach Leone, Mrs. White and Mrs. Eidson. The time sacrificed not only by these teachers, but by the entire faculty is what has made our crossing of the stage possible tonight. From not only me but the entire senior class, I would like to thank these teachers and administrators for their wisdom, care and guidance over the past four years. 

As we walk across this stage tonight, we step into a new period of our lives. Next year will begin an unfamiliar chapter as we go our separate ways. Our class will no longer live in an area of 130 square miles, but instead will spread all over this nation from Stanford on the west coast to New York in the east. We all have different plans for the future. 

Three percent of us will be joining the military; seven percent will be starting a job and ninety percent of us will be beginning our schooling again at a college or university. No matter what our upcoming plans, it is our strong, similar foundation that will allow us to reach our dreams and accomplish our goals. 

So much of tonight hinges on time. Our high school time coming to a close, a time of fresh experiences commencing, and yes, even what most of you are pondering, how much time will you spend in that seat. 

There have been moments during this journey that I wished I could hurry the time along to reach the excitement of tonight, but as I read over our class’ favorite memories I was reminded of an important lesson: Cherish the time you have. The most frequent memory recorded by our class was simply “enjoying time with friends.” 

Our best memories are not momentous occasions we wish time away to reach, but instead, everyday time spent with family and friends. Enjoy the time you are given. 

Standing on the starting line of this journey the finish line seemed so far from sight, but our endurance and perseverance have paid off and tonight we will finally cross that line. 

As you embark on a new journey, as you place your feet before a new starting line I challenge all of us to use the time and gifts we have each been blessed with to make a difference beyond these walls. I echo Colossians 3:23 as a desire for everyone in this room, “Whatever you do work at it with all your heart.” Best of luck in the future and congratulations class of 2006.