MORAVIA — “Behind us are memories. Beside us are friends. Before us are dreams that will never end.”
That’s the class motto of Moravia’s class of 2018, who moved the tassel from one side to the other and collected their diplomas on Sunday.
Emotions ran heavy from the start, as parents and family members looked on at their graduated children. Then Nicole Cloyed, class president and the class valedictorian spoke.
As her mom Brenda Cloyed, also the school counselor, sat, and at times stood, behind her daughter, emotion carried through the gymnasium.
Nicole Cloyed’s emotional speech was foreshadowed by her remark of bringing with her a box Kleenex. They didn’t sit idly by for long.
“I’d just like to thank you all for coming, I know how much you’ve supported us for all those years,” she said to begin her address, already emotional. “I’m sorry, this sounds awful,” she said to understanding laughter not much later.
“I can’t even look at you,” she said referring to her classmates in the front row.
Her address carried on, as she recounted memories with her class of 22 students.
“As much as I’ve always looked forward to this day, and what it would entail, I’ve always disliked endings,” she said. “The final chapter of a good book. The last day of summer vacation. Or the ending of a relationship with a close friend. Endings are inevitable. The leaves fall, the colors change, and our lives move on. Today is the ending of our high school career and life as we’ve known it for the past 14 years.”
Macy Underwood was the class salutatorian and also gave an address.
For principal Kathy Carr, it’s her last class of seniors as she retires at the end of the school year. Recognized first by the class of 2018, then by school board president Chris Spencer, Carr shared her gratitude with the class graduating on Sunday, and those that graduated before.
But ultimately, “This day’s about you, and you are on to great places,” she told the class of 2018.
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