NORWALK, Conn. — On a day designated to celebrate the successes of the Norwalk High School graduating class of 2012, its valedictorian gave them a warning about the future.
“We will all fail,” Yatish Parmar said in his speech at Friday's commencement.
Parmar explained that experiencing bumps along the way builds ambition, which leads to hard work and success. He cites several famous examples of overcoming failure, including author J.K. Rowling's time on welfare before writing the “Harry Potter” series and how Abraham Lincoln lost several elections before becoming president.
He ended his speech by telling his classmates that hard work will bring success, and that they have to decide to work hard to make their dreams come true or they will fail.
The commencement also brought to an end Principal Lenny Mecca’s tenure at Norwalk High School as he heads into retirement. The graduating class has brought happiness into his life the past four years, he said.
“I could not have retired with a better class than you,” Mecca said. The ceremony ended as he led the entire class off the football field for the final time.