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Principal Rood addresses the Class of 2018

Maddy Bozzo


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Good evening graduates, family, and friends.  I am so honored to be standing in front of you tonight.  Please help me welcome our honored guests, member of the RJUHSD Board of Trustees, Mr. Gary Johnson, Mrs. Judy Fischer, RJUHSD’s Executive Director of Equity and Intervention and Dr. Denise Hermann, the RJUHSD Superintendent effective July 1, 2018.

Before we begin, I’d like to recognize the graduates wearing silver cowls.  The silver cowl is an honor the Roseville Joint Union High School District bestows on the graduates who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.76 or higher.  The Class of 2018 has earned 112 silver cowls. Will all the seniors wearing silver cowls please stand and be recognized?

In addition we have graduates wearing black cords.  These graduates have a minimum GPA of 3.31 and have served in an honorary capacity based on national criteria with a club or service group.  These groups include National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Student Government, Yearbook, and the National Speech & Debate Association.  If you’re wearing a black cord, please stand.

Well, Class of 2018, here we are.  It has been quite a journey. This week some of you went back to your beloved elementary schools – Heritage Oak, Quail Glen, and Coyote Ridge – to walk in a graduation parade and thank the teachers who began your educational journey with you.  When you left those elementary schools, you spent time at Silverado, Cooley, and Creekview Ranch -for many, those were the “awkward years” of beginning to figure out who you were. Then the staff at Woodcreek had the joy of watching you all grow from nervous freshmen to the young men and women that sit before me now.  And now we celebrate you as you take steps into your adult life. Many of you have earned entry into top universities – UCLA, Rice, Cal Berkeley, Cal Poly SLO and Saint Mary’s.

Not to mention, there are plenty of athletic accomplishments and scholarship athletes.  If you are a graduate who received an athletic scholarship, please stand.

We started this year out with a theme. Stronger Together. We are proud of you because we believe that you have done just this…you have partnered with each other, with your teachers, and with the community to make things happen.  Many of you know I have a seven year-old. Jackson absolutely fell in love with the movie The Greatest Showman this year.  We have watched the movie numerous times  and listened to the sound track dozens of times. Most recently when we watched it with our National Honor Society, it occurred to me, it is a movie all about being Stronger Together.  PT Barnum’s outlandish ideas would have never succeeded without the performers in his circus bonding together with him towards a common goal. The Greatest Showman left us with some lessons Class of 2018 and some of you are already living out these lessons.

First, Barnum looked for those around him who enhanced him and challenged him to be better in life.  He understood that they might not look like him and that might make him and those around him uncomfortable at times. As my son said after we watched the movie the last time, “It would be boring if you were just looking at yourself all the time.” PT Barnum found that celebrating people’s differences was attractive to many in the world and didn’t care if it challenged others.  In this day and age, there could not be a greater goal. If you, Class of 2018, were to go into the world committing to unify rather than divide the communities you end up in, the world would be a better place. Lisse Howe, you led the movement of females in Sportsman’s Club–a primarily male sport–you allowed others the opportunity to open their vision and see that females could compete at a high level in your sport.  Grace Lykins, you stepped out of your comfort zone by speaking in front of hundreds of your classmates that hold differing political views to make a stand that schools in America should be safe. Class of 2018, keep allowing life to lead you out of your comfort zone – you may be amazed at what you find there.

Second, PT Barnum knew how to have fun.  Dennis Boatman, Weston Huff and Garrett Shurtz definitely knew how to have fun as they led the Black Mob during basketball games.  Ryan Hardmeyer, Lizel Alciso and Reece Rivera-when you were running Key Club events, you never stopped smiling and making things better.  And truly there seems to be no group on campus that has more fun than the performing arts crew. Megan Canchola, Claire Quillen, Kellen Moran, and Nic Cary, you made us laugh and packed a theater in Fiddler on the Roof, what might have been the best musical Woodcreek has produced.  Parker Weis, besides having one of the coolest band names -Parker and the Weis Guys – you had so much fun playing your saxophone that you held “Mondays with Parker” during R&D time to help other students improve their jazz style. JT Loux, Carlos Gonzales, and Cameron McColl, your passion for music and compassion for others truly defines you all. You do what’s needed for the greater good and put the needs of others – and the show – above your own. You literally rock!

Finally, Barnum inspires us to chase our dreams and make the world a better place.  Jenna Robertson chased her dream of seeing less waste and healthier classmates–we have Hydroflask filling stations not just at Woodcreek but across the district based on her vision.  Alex Parra had to choose a life-changing surgery so that he could continue his athletic career. Alex has not only returned to the pool but went on to place third in the 100 free and fourth in the 50 free at the state paralympics.  Alex, I can’t wait to watch for you to fulfill your dream at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Oh and one more dreamer–I found the stats on Alex in an article that Cameron Salerno wrote for the Roseville Press Tribune.  Cameron will achieve his dream of having a career in sports journalism because he already does.

The song A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman says this:

Every night I lie in bed

The brightest colors fill my head

A million dreams are keeping me awake

I think of what the world could be

A vision of the one I see

A million dreams is all it’s gonna take

A million dreams for the world we’re gonna make

There is no doubt in my mind that Jenna, Alex, Cameron and the rest of the Class of 2018 will chase bigger dreams and have even greater impact when they leave WHS.  You, Class of 2018, proved to the school and the community that you are Stronger Together. You have left your mark on Woodcreek and each other in ways that the school and your classmates will never forget.  The faculty and staff of Woodcreek High School wish you the very best. Congratulations Class of 2018. We can’t wait to see the “world you’re gonna make”.

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