Lucas Obst, Eckville Jr/Sr High School’s valedictorian for the Class of 2020. Photo Submitted.

Class of 2020 should be proud of adaptability and flexibility, says Eckville valedictorian

Lucas Obst says being named Eckville Jr/Sr High School’s valedictorian was a “dream come true”

When COVID-19 struck a few months ago everyone was forced to adapt to a lot of changes quickly.

This adaptability and flexibility is what Lucas Obst, Eckville Jr/Sr High School’s valedictorian, wants the Class of 2020 to be proud of.

“Take the success to heart and really use the pandemic and the break from school as a baseline to prove to yourself ‘I’m adaptable, I can do this’ and let’s see how far we can go,” said Obst in a phone interview.

They all pushed through a pandemic to still graduate and even though it doesn’t feel the same to finish in the building or without a ceremony, it shouldn’t feel thrown away, he says.

“It feels different, but in all reality it’s the ceremony and a public celebration is the only difference,” Obst added. “You still get the gratitude of knowing I did my best and I’m still graduating.”

Becoming valedictorian is a “dream come true” for Obst, who set the goal for himself back in Grade 8.

He says the achievement is the reflection of his support system including his teachers from elementary school through to high school and his parents who were always there to answer questions and lend a hand whenever he needed it, as well as his fellow students who provided competition along the way.

“I really thank my classmates for trying their very best and pushing me to do my best because without them I have no reason to work hard,” he said.

“It feels very, very gratifying that I’m finally here.”

As he and his classmates leave high school behind, Obst says what he’s going to miss most is going in every day and seeing people then heading home knowing you’d be back the next.

He says there was always something to do and there was never a dull moment as there was always something to keep each day different from the one before.

“It definitely doesn’t feel the same to know that March 13 was my last day walking the halls of the school as a student there, it definitely doesn’t feel almost real,” said Obst.

The school is planning to host a ceremony for the Class of 2020 sometime in the fall.

When Obst finally gets to give his address the main points he wants to hit on is being flexible and adaptable.

“Use this year as a baseline to show the world that you had to deal with this on the fly,” he said of the messages he would share with his classmates in his address.

“You had to become one of the first graduating classes to ever miss out on a graduation because of a pandemic, we’re the first one in 100 years.”

Another message he would want to touch on in his speech is to keep working hard as they all take that first step in life.

“This is where we all branch out and go our separate ways and remember that hard work is what got you here today and keep using that hard work that got you here.”

Graduation 2020

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Stettler authors continue to break new creative ground

Donna Hoopfer’s latest title, illustrated by her sister Joanne Hoopfer, was released earlier this year

46 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Alberta

Province has completed more than 500,000 COVID-19 tests

“Our Community Rocks” garden shares message of hope in Eckville

The growing rock garden is located in front of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

BRC Finals in Sylvan Lake moved to next November

The Bull Riders Canada Finals has been postponed, and will return to Sylvan Lake in 2021

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Ruff hired as NJ Devils coach, Fitzgerald stays on as GM

Ruff hired as NJ Devils coach, Fitzgerald stays on as GM

Big Ten scraps nonconference football games due to pandemic

Big Ten scraps nonconference football games due to pandemic

Cornish heaps lavish praise upon Canadian NCAA star Chuba Hubbard

Cornish heaps lavish praise upon Canadian NCAA star Chuba Hubbard

Vancouver Island junior hockey team will change name to respect First Nations

Vancouver Island junior hockey team will change name to respect First Nations

Tootoo says Edmonton team name discussion should centre on feelings of Inuk people

Tootoo says Edmonton team name discussion should centre on feelings of Inuk people

With training camps on the horizon, NHL teams hope to keep COVID-19 at bay

With training camps on the horizon, NHL teams hope to keep COVID-19 at bay

Canadian university football players’ careers shortened by age rule, pandemic

Canadian university football players’ careers shortened by age rule, pandemic

Canadians Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor lead the way at PGA Tour event

Canadians Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor lead the way at PGA Tour event

Most Read