Kennett grads told to never stop learning

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Jennifer Reynolds opened the 123rd Kennett High School commencement with the invocation. (Candice Monhollan)

Jennifer Reynolds opened the 123rd Kennett High School commencement with the invocation. (Candice Monhollan)

KENNETT SQUARE — The 303 Kennett High School seniors clad in blue and white were told to never forget the four gifts each one possesses from their time at the school and should continue with in the future: knowledge, opportunity, optimism and courage.

At Kennett’s 123rd commencement Saturday, postponed from Friday due to rain, the message given for every graduate to never cease to learn.

“We never truly stop growing,” said Aaron Hrenko. “Life is an endless pursuit of knowledge. Although today may be the last day of formal education for some, our learning never ceases, and our knowledge never fades. Today we finish writing the last page in this chapter, and now we’re onto the next.”

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Each graduate seated out front of the high school will now enter a world filled with opportunities – big and small – and no one should ever take them for granted.

“The end of high school is just the beginning of the rest of our lives,” said Liam Clarke. “As we all know, when one door closes, another door opens. I, personally, have tremendous faith that we all will continue to grow as individuals – strong in character – who will embrace the adversity that lies ahead, seeing the opportunity in our obstacles. … Today, we choose the direction of our lives.”

Optimism can sometimes being a difficult concept to grasp, especially in the worst of times, but can make all the difference in the world.

“A teacher at Kennett High School once wrote on the board, ‘Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right,’” said Brittany Meola. “After repeating this many times in my head, I realized the truth in this quote, and while it was subtle, it still caught my attention.

“Starting at the bottom is inevitable, but the approach we take and the attitude we have will dictate how quickly we begin to climb again, and how far we go once we do … Creating a purpose and arming ourselves with optimism, believing that we can, will truly measure where and how far we will go.”

Courage can come in so many different forms and learned in so many different ways. Just like no two people are alike, there are no two ways to find the courage inside yourself, but each person who graduated from Kennett possesses it.

“As we all anxiously wonder if we’ve made the right choices for our future, a quote from one of my favorite authors, J.R.R Tolkien, comes to mind,” Lauren Carroll said. “’All those who wander are not lost.’ This is an important message that we should keep in mind as we leave Kennett High School today.

“We should embrace the idea that there can be much to learn in the wandering itself. From this day forward, we are all beginning the next step of our adventure, whether that next step is college, work or travel. The future may seem daunting at times, but our teachers, families and coaches have been preparing us for this.”

These four gifts, bestowed upon Kennett’s Class of 2014 by teachers, friends and family, will lead them to a bright future ahead.

“Kennett High School taught us that the desire for knowledge extends beyond earning good grades and test scores,” said Emily Cziraky, the class president. “For the rest of our lives, we will not only learn to live, but also live to learn … We need to take advantage of the gifts we have been given; they will make all the difference.”


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