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Manteno Salutatorian - Skyelar Timm
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Monday, May 22, 2017
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Manteno High School announces Skyelar Timm as the third and final salutatorians for the class of 2017. Skyelar is the daughter of Beth and David Timm. While at Manteno High School she has been active in Best Buddies, Family and Consumer Science Club, the environmental science club and Interact. As Interact Treasurer she has been part of the Bridging the GAP program for the past two year. This 2017 Illinois State Scholar has selected to study Biology at Olivet Nazarene University this fall.


Good Afternoon,

I would like to begin my five minutes of fame by expressing how grateful I am for the opportunity to speak to an audience full of our administrators, teachers, parents, friends, our wonderful principal Mr. Schnitzler, and my fellow graduates today. It is a great honor. On behalf of our class, I thank you all for joining us as we celebrate the many accomplishments we have made over these four short years at Manteno High School. I also want to thank you all for the support and guidance that you provided for each and every one of us as we progressed in school. This has led us to where we are today -- wearing awkward gowns, sitting in metal folding chairs, and trying to remember how to walk while we wait to cross this stage. Although graduation is not the most entertaining of ceremonies, it is the meaning behind it that counts. We are here to recognize the achievement of completing 13 years of our education. Congratulations class of 2017!

After I was given the privilege of composing this speech I experienced a time of panic and procrastination, the feelings that every high school student gets before completing any act of responsibility and the feelings I know every 162 of us have felt at some point throughout our time here. As I scrambled to figure out what to talk about today, I indulged in a three-hour period of binge Google searching. During this time I stumbled upon a few words of wisdom that I believe can be useful as we take on the future and enter this new phase of our lives. "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." This truly inspiring message comes from former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Mrs. Roosevelt’s words still ring true today. Throughout our time at MHS we have gained strength, literally as we have grown up and gotten taller…. (Well at least most of us have). We have gained courage as we’ve tackled obstacles like taking finals on two hours of sleep and running down the hallways to make it to class at the one-minute bell. And we have gained confidence as we’ve moved up the rankings and finally achieved seniority. We have lived through high school, which I know many consider to be a “horror,” and we can take the next thing that comes along, whether it’s the college life, the workforce, the military, or just some time off to figure out the future. We also must do the things we think we cannot do. We must leave our families and closest friends and begin the process of building our own independent lives. Although this may seem scary and impossible right now, we can do it! We have spent many great years together as a class, for some of us it has been 13 long years, and for others like myself it has only been a few. They have been great nonetheless. We will forever cherish the friends we have made, the relationships we have built, and the memories we have created inside these walls. We will look back on the last four years and smile, but now we get to create a future that makes us smile too. The time has come for us to go our separate ways and move on to bigger and better things. It is hard to imagine that there are better things than quesadilla day or watching Austin Ziman twerk for homecoming games, but we have our whole lives ahead of us.

As we move forward we will experience obstacles more intense than high school. These challenges, big or small, will try to set us back and prevent us from reaching our full potential. Over the years I have gotten to know a large majority of our class whether it be through mutual classes or encounters in the hallways and I know that every one of us possesses the ability to overcome anything that life throws at us. We are all motivated and intelligent individuals and I am truly proud to say that I am a part of this class. The limit to what we can achieve does not exist. We can all do amazing things. As Natasha Bedingfield once said, “the rest is still unwritten.” High school is just one chapter in the story of our lives, so let’s go out there MHS Class of 2017 and write a bestseller

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