Littleton High School's graduation ceremony is known for being lively, and the Class of 2014 did not disappoint, with creative speakers taking their time to shine.
“When the zombie apocalypse happens, and it's only a matter of time, we're all going to have to learn how to survive on our own,” said Lucas Sorensen, valedictorian. “… In the words of the terrible role model Walter White from `Breaking Bad,' I am not in danger. I am danger. I am the one who knocks on the door.”
Flavio Olvera, senior speaker, recounted the legend of the Golden Buddha, which is said to have been covered in clay by Tibetan monks to keep it from being looted by Burmese invaders. It was forgotten for many years until a chunk of clay fell off, revealing its true nature.
“At birth we are connected to our bliss,” he said. “Then we go to school. We're taught this is how girls act, this is how boys act, this is how black people act, this is how white people act. We're no longer what we were born to be, we're what society wants us to be. But you're not just another test score. You're not just another pretty face. Heck, you're not just another ugly face.”
Even the parents got in on the action, hooting and hollering and blowing air horns when their respective kids got to the podium. They even got the biggest laugh of the day when Superintendent Scott Murphy thanked them for supporting their children's journey through high school.
“Thanks to your parents, who are also entering a new stage of their life,” he said.
“YES!” was the lone but resounding response from the stands.
There were the serious moments, too, of course. Jennifer Russ, salutatorian, recalled the three little pops in her knee that brought her down on the athletic field.
“I was disappointed, scared and openly heartbroken,” she said. “But I'll get through it, because I'll never be alone. I was on a team. My teammates picked me up from the field that day and they haven't put me down since.”
Meredith Maney spoke of finding happiness in the little things, like a nickname, not just in bit things like a “promposal.”
“Because happiness is the small moments,” she said. “… It's in the realization that you'll miss something about how life was, how it is, at Littleton.”