Lakeside High School graduate Katherine Bollag said during her valedictory speech Saturday that her “Internet generation” has witnessed an invasion of Iraq, the creation of Facebook, the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, NASA’s rover to Mars, the death of Michael Jackson and the election of the first black U.S. president.
“In a few short decades, it will be our generation making the news,” Bollag said to her more than 330 classmates graduating during a commencement ceremony at James Brown Arena. “I know the future is in good hands with the 2012 class of Lakeside High School.”
Lakeside High salutatorian Mihir Patel said in his address that it will be up to his classmates whether the effect they have on society is positive or negative.
“Most of all, you must believe in yourself,” Patel said. “Right now, you are nothing. It’s what you do in this next chapter of your life that defines you.”
To matter, Patel said, someone must chase dreams and chase perfection.
“Go out and show the world you can be the best,” he challenged the graduates.
Graduate Dylan Arnold said he hopes to meet that challenge.
“I’m excited and a little scared,” said the future Augusta Technical College student. “But that’s life. It comes and you just have to deal with it.”