One of the most significant messages heard by the Class of 2012 was spoken in Brocton.
There were no rose-colored glasses, just the sad, hard facts. Speaking them was 2000 Brocton graduate Holly Erick, who currently works as a public defender. While in this position, she noted, she has had to serve two of her former classmates when they were on trial.
She then offered graduates three major points: be your own best advocate, be smart, but put in work and use the next years as self discovery, but with control.
"Intelligence is important, extremely important," Erick told the class. "But diligence and hard work is how you succeed."
An excellent message. One all graduates must heed.