HOFFMAN ESTATES – Whether her classmates were planning to study economics at Stanford or business at DePaul, Rachael Ohlrich said everyone had at least one thing in common. Time.
As 550 of her classmates sat in front of her with their caps and gowns, Ohlrich, valedictorian of the Dundee-Crown High School Class of 2013, urged everyone to cherish the most fleeting of resources.
“Life is truly precious,” she said. “Be in control of your time and make it what you will. It is your time, don’t let it slip away.”
Dundee-Crown’s Class of 2013 gathered for the last time Saturday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates as 551 students accepted their diplomas. Principal Lynn McCarthy touted the class as one of the most successful ever.
With 73 students achieving college readiness honors and 41 students completing the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, McCarthy said the Class of 2013 set a new standard for all who follow.
“You are giants in camaraderie and leadership,” she told the seniors. “You have demonstrated what family truly means ... and you have led by example.”
Servando Gomez said no matter what lies ahead, he would look back fondly at his time at Dundee-Crown.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better school.”
Shameeka Bramlett agreed, saying she was looking forward to college but was not ready to close the chapter of her high school years.
“It goes by a lot faster than you expect,” she said. “I can’t believe it’s over.”
No matter where his colleagues were headed, Malik Washington, salutatorian for the class of 2013, left his classmates with a simple message.
“We are the future.”