Bitter trials often blessings in disguise
HUGHESVILLE – The graduation speech given by Valedictorian Victoria Holmes, Hughesville High School Class 2021. (Edited)
“If someone told me my freshman year I’d be standing here today to speak to everyone tonight, I would have never believed them. It is a great honor and surreal to think after tonight we will never step foot in HHS as students again, but as alumni,” said Valedictorian Victoria Holmes.
Continuing, the senior said, “This year has been anything but ordinary, but I am proud to be a part of a class that didn’t let that define them.” A quote by Oscar Wilde says, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” Holmes thinks the quote has proven to be especially true this past year.
Holmes cited the ‘small town’ to be one of those blessings, being smaller allowed it to be one of the only schools open a majority of the year. “We were able to get hands-on experiences, having labs in science and other activities. Sports teams did their best to adapt so seniors could have a season missed the year before.”
The speaker noted the class play was held, some clubs such as FBLA continued virtually. Necessary changes were made to persevere rather than giving up. Holmes also noted that in times they were apart, it seems they had actually grown even closer. “Instead of dwelling on the negative, we united to make of best of things, and there for those struggling.”
As so, goals and future aspirations continued, and Holmes is confident every classmate has such great potential to do amazing things to make an enormous difference in the world. . . “as long as we don’t get in our own way,” she said.
To her classmates, Holmes said, “I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors, and I know you all will be successful whatever your goals may be. I’m proud to have been a part of such a diverse and unique graduating class; one cannot even put into words how amazing each of your are.”