LaBenne talks about life's unpredictability, lessons learned

Greg Reedy
Record Sports Editor

Ridgway Area High School Class of 2018 valedictorian Karley LaBenne spoke about the unpredictability of life at the class’s commencement ceremony.
LaBenne opened her speech by speaking of lessons learned over the year. Some of the lessons she included were humorous and included how to avoid getting mud on your prom dress when want to take pictures at your best friend’s aunt’s farm with the cos and what to do on a Saturday night.
“Dinner at McDonald’s was usually the best option on those nights,” LaBenne said.
LaBenne then went on to speak about what she through the most important lesson she learned.
“Perhaps the most important lesson that I have learned from my time at RHS came from spending four years observing others in classrooms and hallways, often when they did not realize that others were watching them. That lesson is to expect the unexpected.”
After naming some examples of some unexpected events in her life, LaBenne cited a quote from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice which read “Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure - do it well, enjoy it - and then, not now, think about what comes next.”

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