RFHS Class of 2018 celebrates commencement
"If not us, who? If not now, when?"
Those words, originally spoken by President John F. Kennedy, were chosen as the River Falls High School Class of 2018's motto.
During the graduation ceremony Sunday, June 3, District Superintendent Jamie Benson told students to think of and thank those who had supported them and helped them reach their graduation day.
He encouraged students to contribute to the wellbeing of the world. He said the world needs "good, civic-minded people" to improve it.
"There is a place for you in this world, and the world needs you," he told the class of 2018.
Principal Kit Luedtke told students to remember what matters most. He encouraged them to stay rooted in friends and family.
He also encouraged them to change our "ego-centered society." He spoke of finding ways to slow down, be humble and listen to their moral compasses. He encouraged students to love themselves and the gift they are to the world.
Student speaker Elisabeth Oberlin spoke about failure. She told her classmates failure is a part of life, and how you respond to it is important. She encouraged her classmates to rely on their support systems, but never take them for granted, and to learn to fail and then try again.
Student speaker Lindsey Cardell told her classmates "We are the children of a new millennium. We are not just some New Year's resolution. We are a new millennium's revolution."