BELTON — The 120 graduates of Salado High School are well prepared for their future goals, said Michael Novotny, Salado Independent School District superintendent, during Saturday night’s graduation ceremony in the Mayborn Campus Center at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Of those graduating, 25 had been with the district since kindergarten.
“I expect each and every one of you to achieve even greater things in the future,” Novotny said after checking off the many accomplishments of the 2014 senior class.
Salutatorian Molly Danner, who will attend Texas Women’s University in Denton, also commended her classmates for their success in high school.
“In everything from discus to debate, we excelled,” she said.
Valedictorian Dane Hankamer credited the students’ success to the support of parents and teachers during his speech.
He compared the students to the school’s mascot — the eagles — and said it was this support that prepared the students to take flight upon graduation.
“I’m not saying any of us are actually going to fly ... but I’m saying that Salado High School faculty has prepared us to soar like eagles and for that we thank you,” said Hankamer, who will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
To prepare his classmates for potential adversity he continued with his analogy. Eagles like storms, Hankamer said.
“We can learn from eagles to use the storms in our lives to rise,” he said.
Principal Burt Smith encouraged students by reminding them that President Abraham Lincoln ran for public office and lost eight times before succeeding.
“Things will not always go your way ... but continue to move forward and work hard,” he said.