Tom Radivonyk

Tom Radivonyk

I have just a few words to share with the graduating class of 2020. Following the always heartfelt, often funny, and sometimes quite insightful words of our salutatorians and valedictorians, I honestly feel I have a paltry sum to add, other than the perspective that only comes through experience and time. So…as a significantly OLDER person, I tell you this—my greatest personal growth has come on the heels of disappointment and loss. The class of 2020 has certainly shouldered the disappointment of year cut abruptly short; the loss of athletic seasons and school trips. My wish for you is this: for each graduating member of the Lyon County High School graduating class to emerge from this challenge as a stronger, more resilient version of your former self. Rather than being embittered by what you don’t have, I hope is for each of you to appreciate the single thing that makes this little pocket of God’s country in Western Kentucky special—that is genuine love for one another. So graduates, I know based upon the manner in which all 58 of you have met the considerable difficulties thrust upon you since March 12th that you are ready for whatever opposition will face you in the next phase of life. At Lyon County High School, we talk a lot about the Pride that comes along with membership in this family. I have never been more proud of any group of graduates than I am of all of you this morning. Now, it is time for you to walk across this stage, receive your high school diploma, and dedicate your gold rose to the person or persons of your choice.