BONIFAY — Holmes County High School gave their Class of 2013 seniors a warm and fond farewell at this year’s graduations ceremony held in the presence of hundreds of friends, family members, teachers and staff Friday evening at Memorial Field.
“Everyone who is graduating from here has something to be proud of and that’s making it this far,” said Salutatorian Coleton Forehand. “I’m thankful for the time I spent here. In the short four years, with all of the crazy things I’ve done, all the trouble I’ve been in and all the mistakes that I’ve made has gotten me to the point, this point, to make me the man I am today.”
He said it was all the experiences in that time that has molded them to be who they are.
“That is what I’m proud of,” he said. “I am who I am; we are who we are and I’m happy with that. There isn’t anything that anyone can say to me, no titles they can place upon me or any category they can place me in that can change who I actually am. I’m not defined by what people say I am; I define myself.”
He said they all dream of being successful, but not to focus on what others define as success.
“Success is too often defined by what other people think,” said Forehand. “Success isn’t a line that if you reach it and cross it then you’re successful, and if you are under it then you are unsuccessful. We should strive to find what is truly important to us in life and when we’ve found out what that is to each of us as individuals then we should do everything we can that, whether it’s to be an astronaut or to be the best father or mother we can be; if we reach our goals then we can be considered successful. In spite of what the status quo says, if you can look at yourself and be happy with who you are, where you are at and where you are going then you are as successful as anyone else.”
He closed with saying that he hopes that in 20 years and they see each other again that they will all be successful.
“I would like to thank God for allowing me to be a part of such a great group of people,” said Forehand. “We are the class of 2013. God Bless.”