Just 10 years ago, Jamin Savell graduated from Madisonville High School.
The Class of 2003 product also served as a teacher/coach at his alma mater for two years, and is now teaching and coaching at Coleman High School in Coleman. Savell returned to Madisonville on Thursday, June 6, to be the keynote speaker to the MHS Class of 2013 during its graduation ceremony, and he had a message for his fellow alumni.
“Surround yourself with good people,” Savell said to this year’s MHS graduates. “The teachers and coaches here helped me and they’ll help you. Life is going to be hard on you and there will be days that challenge you. If you find failure in your life, learn from it and get over it.”
Savell’s speech was one of three given at the ceremony, which honored 130 graduates. Class Valedictorian Liberty Schmidt and Salutatorian Roberto Palomino also gave speeches.
“I thought to myself, ‘who would want to give a speech in front of all these people?’ I knew I wouldn’t,” Palomino jokingly said. “As kids our minds were open to imagination. Some of us imagined realistic thing like becoming doctors, teachers, etc., and some of us imagined unrealistic things like being able to fly like Superman.”
Palomino will attend Stephen F. Austin in the fall. Schmidt also used a little humor in her speech as she began by asking her classmates to pose for a picture, which she took with her camera and followed with this quip.
“This picture will be posted on Facebook,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt will attend the University of Texas in Arlington in the fall. Her speech focused on the future.
“The future is a complicated subject since we know nothing about it,” Schmidt said. “We have some future doctors, teachers, oil workers, lawyers, etc. in our class. We have no clue what’s going to happen, but go out and live life to the fullest.”
Following the three speeches, each member of the Class of 2013 received their diplomas, which was followed by the playing of the Madisonville High School song by the MHS band. Kaitlynn Ogg then gave the benediction, and the class proceeded to throw their hats into the sky.
“You reached a milestone in your lives,” Savell said. “You’ll look down the road 10, 15 or 20 years from now and wonder where the time went. Make sure you use your time wisely.”