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Page A-28 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 19, 2014 Shelton: Graduates 'walk out of here today proud' continued from page A-1 She said that as they graduate, they will be applauded and reassured that they are going to be successful. "But what does that mean?" Stauffer asked. "Maybe it means a steady job with good security, good benefits and a salary that pays the bills. It's the prac- tical kind of'successful' that new mem- bers of the working world, that's kind of us right now, are supposed to chase. Yet, all year long, I have been skeptical of this realists' dream, because it ex- cludes the very element of the future of which I've been dreaming since I was 5, when someone asked me, 'Carly, what do you want to do when you grow up?'" She stated that adults asked her classmates that same question. None of them said they wanted a steady job with good security and good benefits and a good salary. "What you said was what makes you who you are," Stauffer said. "You used your imagination and envisioned yourself doing what you love, and liv- ing a life that reflected your passions and your happiness. You were flying airplanes, or riding in a spaceship, or being a princess, or writing great books, or traveling the world. We all have those dreams inside of us. And they are not practical -- they're who we are." Stauffer told her soon-to-be former classmates that they have been taught to naturally limit themselves for the sake of being practical. "The world preaches this contradic- tion to dream big, and then settle for less, because it's time to grow up now," she said. "And the world has a point. But so what? What if everyone thought like that? What inventions would we be without, what books would be missing from our shelves, what music would Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton High School graduates, from left, Beth Snider, Kelsey Albaugh and Natalie Andrewski laugh during valedictorian Serena Ranney's speech during Shelton's 105th commencement ceremonies Saturday at Saint Martin's University in Lacey. Tyler Connor is shown behind Albaugh and Andrewski. never have been made, if people had just agreed to be practical? It is only when people have dared to be remark- able that the world was changed." After Stauffer's impassioned plea, co-valedictorian Serena Ranney took the microphone. Ranney said she saw two routes she could take with her speech: funny or inspirational. "The problem is, I cannot do either of those speeches any justice," she said. "I get my sense of humor from dad, so unless you want three minutes of fart jokes, that one is not happening. And I cannot even begin to fathom writing an inspirational speech, since I am the same age as most of you and prob- , Clean, Secure , Professional , All Size Heated Units o Easy Drive-Up Access Don't agon,ze... ! Or1ani \\; 23270 NE State Rt. 3 * Belfair, WA 98528 (360) 275-2257 www.BelfairSelfStorage.com ably about as motivational as Shelton weather is tropical." Although her speech didn't include any fart jokes, Ranney still brought laughter and cheers from her fellow graduates. "The answer hit me like Taco Bell hits our digestive systems: quickly and without much warning," she said. Ranney added jokingly that if she wanted to give her class a great speech, she realized she should talk about numbers. She said that numbers surround the students of Shelton High School and added that she wasn't talking about math -- because she didn't want to get beaten up. "I mean numbers like the number 2,335, the number of days we have the- oretically gone to school since kinder- garten," she said. "Then, of course, we have the number zero, or the number of snow days we had this year. But I mean, it is also the number of days we have left in school, so take it how you will." After her classmates finished cheer- ing, she continued. "How could we forget the number 2, the number of times our class was cheated out of winning the class chant? No hard feeling there," she said. "Or 270 -- the number of students graduating, the number of intellectuals Shelton is sending into the fray ready to take the world by storm. After a little celebra- tion, of course. And perhaps most im- 107Kmi. Ready to go! ..... New Paint & Interior, Tires, Brakes and More. Like New! 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"Each of us accomplished some- thing extremely impressive and is about to take an enormous step, and we must remember that it is OK to celebrate and be excited for ourselves ... Remember the work you had to do to be here today and all the memories you created that made being a part of the high school an unforgettable experience." During the ceremony, the graduates also heard from class speaker Kelsey Albaugh, who said the ceremony pre- sented a mix of emotions. "We are nervous to begin a chapter of our lives that came up way too fast," Albaugh said. "Graduation will be something we desired and worked to- ward. We walk out of here today proud. We worked hard for this." The final speaker was math teacher Eileen Perfrement, a graduate of sorts herself. Perfrement is retiring at the end of this school year after 20 years working in the Shelton School District and 31 years working in education. She encouraged the graduates to go after their dreams. "If you have your dream, don't let anyone tell you not to do it. Make it work," she said. "You don't want to reach middle age without doing it. It might be too late then. Start now, when you're young, and make it pay off." Perfrement also encouraged the soon-to-be former Highclimbers to think about the world they live in. "Find a way to be active in your community to make it a better place," she said. azer 4x4 11OK, 6 Cyl, Auto, Third Row Seats '99 SAAB 5-Speed Convertible. Runs Great] Safety Inspection on all vehldes See Bob, Jackie or Mark i I Ii i: II il I [!l i I I I T - - 1]* " I[ :1 : I T" " '1 ;i: -I ............. I - 3 77