"Demand that you be interested in class" & "I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I'm scared."
Change is inevitable, but even as it happens, you need to hold true to yourself, Coxsackie-Athens valedictorian Erica Goldson told her fellow graduates.
“Remember to hold onto your value system, your work ethic and, most importantly, your humanity,” Goldson said during commencement exercises on Friday. “It is these qualities that will guide you further on your journey.”
Goldson was one of about 105 students who graduated as part of the Class of 2010.
Salutatorian Caitlin Malone congratulated her fellow graduates, and added: “Congratulations to those of you out in the audience tonight who supported us through our formative years. Our parents, our neighbors, our friends — you have watched us grow all these years, have lent a hand when we needed it, and now we are the better for it. Your efforts have been what helped us carry on. ... We have become adults who can lend a hand when you need it and can support you now as you supported us. Only please don’t ask for any money from us for the next few years.”
School district Superintendent Earle Gregory said the graduating class has “quite a number of capable and accomplished” individuals who should do well in the future.
A June 26 article about the Coxsackie-Athens High School graduation quoted a speech prepared by valedictorian Erica Goldson and given by her in advance to the school district’s administration. The administration in turn provided a copy to a reporter, who used it to prepare a short item on the graduation exercise.
On Monday, Goldson said she did not give that speech during the graduation ceremony. She said she submitted a fake speech to the administration and then gave a different address during the ceremony.
On Monday, Goldson provided to the Freeman a copy of the speech that she said she gave at graduation. In the speech that she said she gave at graduation, Goldson questioned the value of the American education system saying, in part, that it conditioned students to create a complacent labor force, rather than to support their potential.
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