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Speakers share memories of time at Indian Creek

OP OF THE CLASS — Valedictorian Kelsey Lewis gave part of the commencement address to the class of 2018 at the Indian Creek High School graduation, Sunday.

STEUBENVILLE — Valedictorian Kelsey Lewis and salutatorian Livia Foust gave the commencement addresses to the Indian Creek High School Graduating Class of 2018 Sunday at the Finnegan Field House on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

They speakers shared memories of their years at Indian Creek.

They thanked their educators and the district staff for helping shape their futures.

“The knowledge and principles you gave us before throwing us into the real world will stay with us always,” Foust said. “How much we have changed is extraordinary.”

Lewis spoke of how their teachers all used different tactics to make a point and give them life lessons at the same time.

She shared memories of teachers “jumping on desks” and how a well placed “scream” will get anyone’s attention.

“I was going to scream here,” she joked, “but I will spare your ears.”

The speakers spoke about the uncertainty of the class’s future.

They both said the most important thing their fellow classmates can do is to be a positive influence on the world. They encouraged the listeners to always strive for perfection.

“Be who you want to be, but be the best you, you can be,” Lewis said.

Foust encouraged her fellow students to use their “voices.” She said as a freshman at the school she was shy and introverted but once she found the courage to participate and speak up, her world changed.

“Life is too short to sit back and watch it go by,” Foust said.

She quoted Mahatma Gandhi,“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

“Make a worthwhile impact on another human being,” she said. “We can be the change we wish to see.”

Lewis is the daughter of Joseph and Laura Lewis of Wintersville. Foust is the daughter of Natalie Brown and Elijah Foust of Mingo Junction.

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