Graduating Class Sets Out On Quest To Change The World

Sources: Mohave Daily News – By Rodd Cayton| Edited By – All Things Michael


FORT MOHAVE — They are going to change the world. Maybe not with great discoveries, but with acts of all types that improve the lives of the people around them.

Such was the theme of the Mohave High School Class of 2015, which was sent off into the world by a near-capacity crowd Thursday night at the Mojave Crossing Event Center.

Salutatorian Nathan Barton set up the night by reading lyrics from a John Mayer song and encouraging his classmates not to wait on the world to change.

“We have the power to do it,” he said.

Barton said a better theme song for the way the class should approach changing the world is Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

“If you want to make the world a better place,” he read. “Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”

The nine valedictorians followed up with variations on the theme. They talked about ideas as the genesis of innovation and progress. They mentioned the willingness of people such as George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malala Yousafzai to stand up for what they believed in. However, they said, such courage is not a characteristic that belongs solely to people of the past.

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The valedictorians told their classmates that as they move into the wider world, they’ll discover that their voices have more power, and that they should stand up for the rights of others to voice their opinions.

They said that each member got to this point not alone, but with teachers, friends and family members who provided love, support and encouragement. The time has come, they said, to remember great and small acts of kindness done toward them and pass them on to others.


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