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SALUTATORIAN: ‘They were years of change’


Victoria Drake finished her academic career with a 4.2565 grade point average. Drake was an all-district selection in volleyball, basketball and softball and a regional qualifier in track. Drake was also a cheerleader and involved in FCA. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Victoria Drake finished her academic career with a 4.2565 grade point average. Drake was an all-district selection in volleyball, basketball and softball and a regional qualifier in track. Drake was also a cheerleader and involved in FCA. Reporter/Mike Brown Editor’s note: Following is the salutatory address delivered during commencement exercises by Victoria Drake: C ongratulations Class of

2012! We’ve made it, and now we are all wearing matching robes and ridiculous hats. Who came up with these anyway? And one size does not fit all.

I am very honored to be the salutatorian for the class of 2012.

Parents, family, and friends, thank you for being here on this special day. Without your love and support the past 18 years we wouldn’t be here, and we greatly appreciate all you have sacrificed.

To all of our teachers, we would like to acknowledge all of your hard work. We know you are going to miss all the whining, loud laughter, and constant chatter.

I would also like to give a special thanks to my sixth grade math teacher, Mrs. Betchan, for challenging us and always having an upbeat spirit.

I can remember watching my brothers walk across this very field and I thought to myself “man, I’ve got a long way to go...”

We have all waited for this very moment: for graduation, for freedom, and for change. Our class has seen lots of change, some good, and some bad.

The clown swing and seesaws at the park are no longer here.

The building where Mrs. Fletcher taught us how to draw instead of scribbling no longer stands.

Gone is the old junior high building we used to play wall ball on in elementary.

The portables we walked around in 5th grade as kings and queens can no longer be seen. At least they have plenty of space for kickball and trees now. Who knows where they have the junior high history classes these days?

We got gypped out of having off campus lunch in high school, thank you previous graduates for that, we appreciate it.

We enjoyed the very crowded old Rockdale high school until we entered the new RHS building our sophomore year.

In spite of these things no longer being in existence, we will all share the memories they held.

We’ve all avoided a few assistant principals throughout the years, too.

First we were scared to death and chased down the halls by Mr. Sanders’ booming voice as freshmen. Then Mr. Reeves came in the next year and announced our pep rallies like he was on a Jock Jams CD.

Now we leave Rockdale in the hands of our assistant principal we still know as “Coach Hass. (Brent Hasselbach)”

But I can’t forget to mention Mr. Streck. We will all remember what it was like being called out over the speaker in lunch, but. Mr. Streck was nowhere to be seen.

As the baby in my family, I am always getting advice for something. I was told numerous times that high school would go by fast and that I should cherish every single moment.

Looking back now I have to admit, they were right.

Even though some days seemed like years as we sat in class waiting impatiently for the bells to ring, others, like Battle of the Bell, flashed before our eyes.

Although we spent many days at Rockdale High School that some of us will never remember, we have shared countless memories that will last a lifetime.

All the moments went pretty quick, like Mr. Trevino talking like Donald Duck in music class. Everyone had a role in the fifth grade play, but that didn’t last much longer than an hour.

Most of us remember what it was like doing time in lunch restriction on the stage. Hitting the bump in the silver bullet only took a few seconds of courage.

However we all spent quite a bit of time making “all that racket” in Mr. Free’s chemistry class. I think the hugeness of Ms. Alford’s hair deserves a spot in here.

Winning the bell this year was only one night, but it was glorious to ride around town announcing our victory with the sweet sound of the bell.

Many of us have special and mostly hilarious memories made on bus trips. Golden girls had their trip to Cali, band will be going to Florida, senior golf and tennis members made it to state this year, and the senior powder puff team, 18-0. Need I say more?

Over the years we have built strong friendships, made lasting memories, learned a few life lessons, some the easy way and some the hard way, and hopefully we’ve grown up a little.

Even though our class has seen lots of changes, we are now ready for a different kind of change. A change that we will all make on our own. We will move on from Rockdale High School.

As we go our separate ways, I would like to leave you with this scripture. Hebrews 12:1-2 says: Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.


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