FULTON, Ill. — With more than 650 friends, family members and supporters cheering them on, the Fulton High School class of 2014 on Sunday proudly walked across the stage at the East gymnasium of Fulton High School and received their high school diplomas.
Many of those students will go on to college, join the military or move straight into the work place said co-valedictorian Krista Temple during her graduation speech. But whatever their choice, there will always be a piece of Fulton High School buried deep within them.
“We may not go where the path may lead,” said Temple to her classmates during her final speech. “But we will find a path, and we will leave a trail.”
While her fellow classmates may be unsure of what the future holds for them, Temple has already decided where her path will begin and that future starts at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
With her acceptance to the University of Illinois, Temple joins the Alma Mater of many of her family members including her parents, siblings and many aunts, uncles and cousins. It is a family tradition for her to continue and although she is sad to leave behind the life and memories she created in high school, she is ready to take the next step and carry on that legacy.
“I had a great four years. I loved high school but I’m also excited to move on and see what’s next,” Temple said. “My siblings are all a lot older than me, so I’ve seen all of my cousins and siblings go to college and be an Illini and I’ve gotten to watch them all do that. Now it’s my turn.”
Not only was Temple accepted into the only university on her list, she did so with a special honor. Out of more than 7,000 incoming freshman at the University of Illinois, Temple was selected for a group of 125 students to be inducted into the Campus Honors Program.