LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School Class of 2014 valedictorian Cassidy Litch already has made quite a journey.
She told her fellow graduates it has been a journey that required courage, trust, perseverance and commitment.
Litch spoke to her fellow classmates during Londonderry High’s commencement ceremony June 13 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
She told fellow graduates life is ready and waiting for them.
But her speech was a journey back, marked by failure and second chances.
She said her life was full of scary moments she knew she had to overcome.
Her early obstacles included a first trip to the beach, seeing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time as a toddler and figuring out what the waves were all about and before venturing into the surf.
Years passed, more obstacles presented themselves, including tubing with her family, a swing ride over a vast canyon out West, and learning to drive.
Throughout, Litch said, she kept her spirits up and her courage strong.
“I knew I could persevere,” she told the graduates. “As I look back at my obstacles, I know there will be many more.”
She told her friends to always be curious enough to open doors and discover the opportunities that lie ahead.
“Experience life to the fullest and jump over your river,” she said. “Use your curiosity to experience life and persevere. The sky is the limit if you work hard and dream big.”
In addition to Litch, Class of 2014 president Michael Bolduc shared his feelings about the night and what was ahead. He served his class as president for three years.
“Boy, that was quick,” he said. “Now, we’re in caps and gowns, and they expect us to get out and go to college and get a job.”
Bolduc said his fellow graduates truly represent what Lancer Nation is all about, that includes community service, helping others and helping each other.