Chiefland graduates look to seize days ahead

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By Sean Arnold

When you earn the distinction of class valedictorian, you’re rewarded with the burden of having to give the closing speech at your graduation.

Chiefland valedictorian Trey Holland wasn’t thrilled about that prospect as he toiled over his speech in the run-up to the CMHS commencement on May 31 at C. Doyle McCall Field.

But instead of shrinking from the moment, Holland was equally concerned the speech would be forgettable and formulaic.

It wasn’t. What he delivered at the ceremony drew a standing ovation and left what is sure to be a lasting impression on his classmates and everyone in attendance.

Holland began by calling up his good friend and classmate Hunter Barrand to join him on stage and play acoustic guitar in the background. He then outlined three pieces of advice, which included a reference to the movie Step Brothers. “Don’t lose your dinosaur,” Holland said in reference to the Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly film, meaning, “Don’t lose your passion in life.”

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