Tim Holoday

The class of 2021 finally got to bring their high school journey to a successful close. Although it was a smaller class as far as the number go, they displayed that it is the quality of the class and not the quantity that counts.

The 2020/2021 school year presented many challenges for students as they tried to navigate through some very uncertain conditions that were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 class valedictorian Woodson Hicks, in his address at the graduation ceremony, pointed out some of the different experiences the class had.

He said, “In 2020, we lost the final two and a half months of in-person school, as well as things like spring sport seasons, SAT and ACT testing, and even just the transition into being the oldest students in the school.”

Hicks spoke about how distant everyone was kept from each other when students finally returned to class, and how difficult it was being unable to have some normalcy in the year.

“I don’t think you’ll find a more persistent group of students than those of the class of 2021. We managed to finish school without being able to be around each other and our teachers for a significant part of it,” said Hicks.

The senior class was able to choose whom they would prefer to present the keynote graduation address. They were able to easily settle on someone they have looked up to and respected, Delta Greely School District Vocational Instructor, Gary Hall.

Hall, who has known many of the students over much of their school education, spoke about some of the lessons that his students have learned. Many of his comments, which usually highlighted a “lesson well learned,” brought chuckles from the audience.

The keynote address typically contains a few stories, a few jokes and some sage advice to encourage the graduates to continue to strive for success. Hall did not disappoint.

The most insightful and valuable messages that Hall delivered to the graduating class was, “Go to solution mode...don't waste energy on fretting; when you bring a problem...bring a solution with it; compete against yourself...then you will always know how hard you tried; don't dwell on mistakes...learn from it and forge ahead; measure accurately...mark accurately... and cut accurately, whether it's a 2x6 or a relationship; bring your passion with you and you will enjoy whatever you do; take on responsibility so you can show that you are responsible; you are the pilot in command...make your own decisions...stand up for what you believe in; know what you know and know how to find out the rest; be there for your family...your friends...and your community...they are there for you.”

Tim Holoday manages advertising for TriDelta, Inc. publisher of the Seward Journal and Delta Wind newspapers and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.