NOCTILUCA June 2018
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SamWoo offers thanks to community and mom
By Olivia Molter Samuel Woo is one of the three Appleton North seniors who were chosen to be com- mencement speakers at this year’s graduation ceremony. He is a Yale-bound class valedictorian and AP scholar who says he feels truly hon- ored to be able to speak to and be a part of the graduat- ing class of 2018. He hopes that his speech will speak to the nature of the communi- ty and the people within it. “The most important mes- sage is that the people in Ap- pleton are some of the most genuine people that I have had the pleasure to meet, and that this genuineness is what will make a positive differ- ence in the world,” said Sam. His favorite part of the speech also regards our Yale-bound student inspired by genuineness
community: “My favorite part is definitely being able to thank the community of Appleton for bringing me up to who I am today. With their love and kindness, I wouldn't be the person I am today.” What motivated him to go through the process of be- coming a commencement speaker? His mom. “This sounds really cheesy, but my mom always wanted me to speak during graduation so I applied. My mom has made so many sacrifices for me, and the least I could do was to make one of her wishes come true. What more really is there in life than making your mom happy?” Sam is looking forward to study- ing biochemistry and po- litical science at Yale Uni- versity in the fall. He says he’s thankful for the valu- able friendships he’s been able to make at Appleton North and will definitely be missing Rodney most of all when he graduates.
Appleton North graduation commencement speakers, from left to right, Cece McDermott, Sam Woo, Lexi Killian. Photo by Olivia Molter.
Lexi Killian calls for kindness in commencement speech
Future nurse wants to inspire Class of ’18
“ Work hard. Be kind. Work hard at being kind. ” -Lexi Killian
many lessons that we will be able to carry with us for the rest of our lives.” Lexi loves to help people. In the future, she plans to at- tend the University of Wis- consin-Madison in pursuit of a future in nursing, with the goal of becoming a pediatric nurse. When asked to share a piece of advice, Lexi impart- ed the time-honored words she has shared time and time again as North Choir mom: “Work hard. Be kind. Work hard at being kind.”
By Carl Zuleger
Alexis Killian has “always wanted to give a speech that could inspire people,” a desire well-suited for a chosen commencement speaker. She has consistent- ly brought smiles and posi- tivity to the North student body. Lexi seeks to convey a message about the value of teachers and family, say- ing “[they] have taught us
16 named class valedictorians Congratulations to this year’s Best of the Class!
Cece McDermott hopes to impart unity in North graduates Commencement
ed to do the same for others. Ultimately, I had nothing to lose in applying, so I’m happy that I did. I’m also involved in a political debate organiza- tion that is heavily speaking- based, so my friends from there helped to give me the final push towards apply- ing; I just wanted to make them proud,” Cece explained when asked about what sparked her interest in being a commencement speaker. “I want students to walk out of graduation feeling unit- ed with their fellow gradu- ates. We’re not all too dif- ferent from one another, and it’s important to realize that we’ve grown together in our experiences here. I want the audience to realize they’re
speaker focuses on connection between students
Class of 2018 valedictorians include Kari Brekke, Samantha Carroll, Brytton Goymerac, Han- nah Graham, Srishti Gupta, Anika Hendricks, Ashley Harvey, Kalen Klitzke, Noah Koleske, Noah Kulas, Sydney Levy, Marissa Mullen, Parnika Shukla, Brooke Williamsen, Samuel Woo, and Carl Zuleger. Photo courtesy of Yvonne Mullen.
By Jake Zajkowski
all powerful individuals that can accomplish great things, and I believe that North has pushed us to become as such,” Cece continued. When asked of her thoughts on the ceremony, she said: “Graduation is one of the last memories my class will have together, and I’m hon- ored to be able to influence those final moments. My fellow speakers are incred- ibly eloquent and impactful students, and I can’t wait to speak alongside of them.”
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Cecelia McDermott, on the road to University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one of three commence- ment speakers of the North graduating class this year. “Watching the speakers at last year’s ceremony re- ally made me feel like I had a chance at being a speaker. It was great to see my peers doing something I always thought was out of reach, and it made me realize that I want-
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