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The Galax High School graduating class of 2014 had a gracious sendoff, with (mostly) obliging weather and a keynote speaker who not only passed through the same halls when she was their age, but also gave some unusual advice.
“Eat the extra cupcake. Sleep in late. And make the mistakes,” Lisa J. Goins (GHS Class of 1999) told the graduates.
Goins used her own life story, from Galax to New York City, where she currently works as TV journalist Jane Pauley’s assistant.
Goins amused her listeners with moments like, “Hopefully you’ll take some of this to heart. And if not, maybe you’ll get a good quote for Twitter.”
She said the most important thing her trials and successes had taught her was, “Just believe in yourself. You have to be your number one supporter, and you have to believe in yourself to the fullest extent possible. It sounds like a cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason. Your belief in yourself is essential.”
Along with Goins, students addressing the graduates included Senior Class President Katherine Paige Hanks, valedictorian Daniel Christopher Larrowe and salutatorians Lauren Faith Osborne and Logan Douglas Webb.