The Little Elm Class of 2019 graduated on Thursday, equipped and excited to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. In front of thousands of supporters and family, Little Elm graduated at the University of North Texas Super Pit.
The ceremony featured the themes of an unbreakable bond faced with inevitable change. This class, unique in the challenges they have faced over the last four years, is at a crossroads of holding on to their lifelong friends with the constant pull of new challenges and moments they will be required to meet. This was eloquently stated by the class valedictorian, Hanna Kevric.
“With this anxiety brings so much excitement and hope for the future. Being such a diverse group of individuals, the amount we have to offer the world is limitless,” Kevric said.
Kervic herself is the epitome of these juxtaposed ideas. She will be the first in her family to attend college and readily admits that her position at the top academic student would seem like a far fetched idea four years ago.
Change for her, even in her high school career, has been hard but has paid off in a big way. Attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall, Kervic understands that without embracing change and maintaining her past, she would certainly not be addressing crowds on graduation day.
“As a future first generation college student, standing in front of you today would have been an unreal thought. However, I feel the barrier we have to face is our resistance to change. If you strive for something, however big or small, never wait on those around you to ask for permission,” Kervic said. “Define your own purpose and let that guide you, not the influences and opinions of those around you.”
This is also a class with many people heading into military service. 12 seniors will be enlisting in the military after graduation and will be deployed for training in the coming months. The branches of service include the four in the army, two in the marine corp and six in the navy.
Salutatorian Deba Elaiho, who has been with the district since kindergarten, said goodbye to the class she has grown up with through a poetic phrase.
“Though our paths may differ from this point forward, I truly believe this class is capable of so much. I am proud to say I am standing among of group of students who will go on to have the most successful of careers,” Elaiho said.