Logan Simmons is a huge fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
So the valedictorian said it felt natural, when speaking before the Wellington High School Class of 2017, to draw inspiration from LeBron James.
The following is an excerpt from her speech:
“To begin with, freshman year was the equivalent to the Cavs season while LeBron was in Miami. In other words, the Cavs trying to even have a winning record was like us trying to have a clear complexion and not be intimidated by the seniors. It was the year of taking L’s,” she said.
“Sophomore year was filled with false hopes. We weren’t freshmen anymore but we weren’t upperclassmen either. Our year may have been questionable but we were able to make it to the finals. However, our efforts went unrecognized after we got beat by the OGTs.
“Junior year took a turn for the better. Just when ACTs and learning how to use a credit card had us out for the count, we came back strong and the school year flew by, about as fast as 21 miles per hour in less than two seconds.
“The glory of overcoming the previous three years and becoming seniors didn’t last long because competition arose once again. As you know, Wellington and Keystone have had one of the most notorious rivalries in Lorain County, and this year I am proud to say our boys basketball team beat them twice. For anyone wondering what that means to all the students here, it’s that we #ownthemnow.
“During this time however, there was another rivalry that was just as big, just as intense, and just as contentious but has flown (for the most part) under the radar for the past four years… and that is the academic competition between myself and Ian Gifford. This year has been equivalent to the NBA finals, for Ian has been the Stephen Curry to my LeBron, always competing with me neck and neck to the very end.
“Hey Ian, I don’t know if you forgot or not, but I just wanted to remind you that I beat you. I’m only kidding, but in all reality he’s been a great sport and I’m appreciative of the fact he helped me push myself.
“But the challenges of senior year didn’t end just there. The FAFSA, college applications, scholarship essays, and senioritis this year was the Draymond Green to our senior class, always kicking us in the gut and fouling us where it counted. Even through all of that we still made it here today.”
Simmons carried a 4.59 GPA to earn valedictorian honors.
This fall she will attend the University of Toledo to study biomedical engineering.