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Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 6:55 am

It was a big day in Sturgeon. At least for the friends, families and members of the Sturgeon High School Class of 2020 which walked across the portable SHS stage the afternon of Saturday, July 11 to commemorate the successfull completion of their high school careers.

Top of the class ­— Matt Vaughn, Sturgeon R-V valedictorian, right, with Sheridan Schnell, salutatorian. More photos on P. 8 of the July 15 edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

Speeches and a slideshow helped make up for much of the usual pomp and circumstance that powers such events.

Matt Vaughn, class of 2020 valecictorian and Carol Sharp, R-V middle school teacher were the keynote speakers.

Both had much to say.

Vaughn reminded his classmates to never abandon a trait he said had gotten them to to graduation – persistence.

“I would like to take a little bit of time now to talk to you about a certain trait that all of us have used and need to continue using throughout the rest of our lives: persistence.  We have all persisted over the past 13 years of school to get to this one point.  School is not, by any means, a breeze for anyone, and that means that we had to stay determined and do our best to succeed.  This did not only apply to our school work, as many of our classmates take part in many different school activities, such as sports, choir, band, FFA, FBLA, art and numerous others.  This persistence will serve us well as we continue to grow and seek out new opportunities.”

He quoted Roy T. Bennett’s “The Light in the Heart.”

“The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.”  This is my challenge to you, Class of 2020, and to everyone else who is here today.  Make sure that you always get back up and push through whatever is standing in your way.  As long as you keep driving past the hard times, you will keep getting stronger.

We have experienced this firsthand with COVID-19, among other struggles and trials.  We

A Sturgeon High School grad showing his diploma.

even lost out on the last two months of our final year of high school, but by having this ceremony today, we are proving that we can get past this problem.  It may not have been… For more, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard