Cecelia Eklum, valedictorian of Jamestown Excessive College’s Class of 2022, famous the extraordinary circumstances seniors overcame in making it to commencement this yr. The COVID-19 pandemic, she stated, posed “one of many greatest instructional challenges within the historical past of time” for college kids.
These efforts have now paid off.
Eklum acknowledged her fellow college students throughout Jamestown Excessive College’s commencement ceremony Friday on the Chautauqua Establishment Amphitheater.
She stated the soon-to-be graduates had been “robust like a rock,” noting that rocks maintain a particular that means for her.
“Since I used to be small, after I would discover a particular pebble, whether or not on the park, seashore, trip, or on a stroll, my mom would let me deliver it dwelling and put it in a particular jar,” Eklum stated in her speech. “This jar sits on a window sill in my eating room. This jar is what I maintain in entrance of you tonight and was proper there glistening within the window throughout my distant days finding out.
“These rocks are from particular locations they usually remind me of essential journeys and folks in my life.”