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18TuesdayJune42013CongratulationsPWKGraduatesTheNorthwestTerritoryMtisNationwouldliketocongratulatethe2013PWKGradsandourMtiscontingent.OursupportandencouragementgoesouttoallMtisstudentswhoarestillstudying.NorthwestTerritoryMtisNationP.O.Box720FortSmithNTX0E0P0867872-2770CongratulationsBrandonWalterhouseAndthe2013GraduatingclassofPWKP.O.Box810FortSmithNTX0E0P0PH867872-2777Donotgowherethepathmayleadgoinsteadwherethereisnopathandleaveatrail.-RalphWaldoEmersonGOODEVENINGEVERYONEFIRSTANDFOREMOSTIwouldliketogiveabigthankstoalloftheteachersatPWK.Isincerelyappreciatethebloodsweatandtearsthattheyhaveshedtogetusgradswherewearetoday.HIGHSCHOOLisntexactlyeveryonesideaofagoodtime.HoweverIamendlesslythankfulfortheopportunitiesPWKhasmadepossibleformeandallofthegraduatesstandingbeforeme.ItisthepeopleatPWKthatmakeatremendousdifferenceforallofusherewithoutthemthefuturewouldnotbeasbrightandshiny.Iamsogratefultothemenandwomenwhodevotetheirtimetoshapingourlivesinpositiveways.Educationisapricelessgiftthatopensuptheworldtous...whichIwilltryandrememberasIcrawlthroughexamweek.ADDITIONALLYtheamazingparentsofthesegraduatesdeserveaninconceivableamountofgratitudeduetothefactthatwegraduatescertainlywouldntbeherewithoutthem.Alsounliketheluckyteachersthelong-sufferingparentsstillhavetodealwithusafterhighschool.ITSINCREDIBLETOTHINKthatwereendingonepartofourlivesandbeginninganother.Itsthrillingandmaybealittleoverwhelming...andyesscary.SometimesIwishtherewereblueprintsforlifesoitdidntfeelquitesomuchlikebeingthrownoffthedeepend.LuckilytherearesomeworthwhilethingstosetyourmindtoachievingIfeelasthoughthishelpstocalmthechaos.Oneofthoseworthwhilethingsisthepursuitofhappiness.YesobviousstatementIknow.HOWEVERpersonalhappinessissomethingwefrequentlyneglectonadailybasis-inourworldofpackedschedulesandtediousobligations.Ifeelthekeytoavoidingthisneglectofsuchafundamentalpropertyofourexistenceistopursuethecareerthatyoulove.IfeelthisideaismasterfullyillustratedinthefollowingquoteYOUVEGOTTOFINDwhatyouloveandthatisastrueforyourworkasitisforyourlovers.Yourworkwillllalargepartofyourlifeandtheonlywaytobetrulysatisedistodowhatyoubelieveisgreatworkandtheonlywaytodogreatworkistodowhatyoulove.Dontsettle.Thiswasspokenbyaverywisemanwhosetechnologymanyofususetoday-amanwhodidntgraduatecollegenordidhisparents.ThatmanwasSteveJobs.Hefoundawaytobecomeridiculouslyrichandfamousdoingsomethinghelovedthemostevenwhentheoddswerenotinhisfavour.Hemanagedtocreatecompanieswhosenameseveryoneknowsevenwhilesleepingonhisfriendscouchesandreturningbottlestogetmoneyforfood.Hewasstillabletomakehisdreamsandpassionsareality.IFEELASTHOUGHwetendtobecomeboggeddownbypreconceivednotionsofwhatweneedtodoinordertoachievewhatsocietyconstruesassuccess.Therealsuccessinlifeisbeinghappyaboutwhatyouredoingandcherishingeachdayinsteadofdreadingthem.YoumayhaveeveryambitiontogooffandbecomeanesteemeddoctorwhichisawonderfulideaandIhopeanyonewithsuchgoalsthebestofluck.HoweveritisalsocompletelyacceptabletowanttomovetoTaiwanandbecomeanunderwaterbasket-weaver.Infactitsalsocompletelyacceptabletonotknowexactlywhatyouregoingtodo.Mostpeoplewilltellyouthatinrealitynoonehasitguredout.IfyoutakeanythingawayfromwhatIvejustsaidletitbethisdonotallowfearorexternalpressurestoconstrictandcontorthowyouliveyourlife.Itwillbehard.Therewillbedayswhenlifekicksyouinthefaceandwheneverythingseemstobefallingapart.ButthatwillstillhappenevenifyouARENTpursuingwhatyouwantmost.Itwillalwayspayofftoghtforthethingsyouremostpassionateabout.Bestrongerthanthefearsandhardships.OrasSirDavidFrostwouldsayDontaimforsuccessifyouwantitjustdowhatyouloveandbelieveinanditwillcomenaturally.ONAFINALNOTEIwouldlikeallofmyfellowgraduatestoknowhowproudIamtobeamongthem.Notonlyareyouallsmartandgoodlookingbutyoureallcapableofcreatingawonderfulfutureforyourselvesandthepeoplewhoareluckyenoughtobeinyourlives.CONGRATULATIONSCLASSOF2013ValedictorianEsmeMcDonaldsharesheraddressPhotoPaulBannister