S: Jon 's Senior Year at RSHS - 2011-2012
BC: A Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending
FC: REVIEW | a year in | 2011 - 2012
1: July 3, 2012 Dear Jon: You had a wonderful senior year at Rising Sun High School and all your family is so very proud of you and your accomplishments. And now the real world is upon you as you head off to Marietta College. I have great faith in you, and have no doubt you will succeed both academically and in life! Keep on the right path, make wise decisions and always have God in your life. Remember your family is always there to help you, no matter what. Love, Aunt Susan
3: Summer 2011
5: "A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes last forever."
6: Autumn Leaves Are Falling Down
7: November 2011
9: Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
13: Fall is here!
15: Craft Day at Aunt Susan's House
17: December 2011
18: The Prom
20: Jon and Kate
22: K | J | + | 4-13-12
23: "Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart."
26: Madison's Graduation from Liberty University | 5-12-2012
27: Try to discover the road to success and you'll seek but never find, but blaze your own path and the road to success will trail right behind. ~Robert Brault | Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~Les Brown
28: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
29: Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda | You did it!
30: We are
36: Awards Program May 30, 2012
38: American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Award
39: President's Education Awards Program Outstanding Academic Excellence
40: State of Maryland Merit Scholastic Award
41: Senior Male Scholar Athlete
42: Academic Excellence in Mathematics
43: Buddy System
45: RSHS Envirothon
48: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | to the Graduate
52: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
53: Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda | You did it!
54: Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself. - Harvey Fierstein | Jon's Salutatorian Speech
56: Salutatory Remarks - Jonathan Fitzwater Well I'm going to be honest with everyone. I really don't like speeches. I tend to get distracted and stop really paying attention so I have absolutely no problem if all of you don't fully focus during this. I did work pretty hard for four years, however, so I'm gonna talk anyways. When I asked Ms. Gellrich what I should write about for this speech she said the Salutatorian normally says "thank you," and I'm a very literal person so here we go. On behalf of the entire graduating class of 2012, I want to thank all of our teachers. Without teachers, school wouldn't even exist, and in reality, teachers do mean a lot to each and every student. Teachers end up spending a heck of a lot of time with each of us, and they will end up having an incredible influence on our lives. They can teach us the simple things such as basic math, or help teach us the way the real world works. I know all of us don't show our appreciation all of the time. We may not like the class we're in, we may skip a few homework assignments, or we may even skip class from time to time, but all of us truly do appreciate you and we all thank you. I'm sure just about every student out here today has some family in the audience or elsewhere, and I want to thank them as well. Family is one of the most important aspects in all of our lives. They're the ones who put up with us and helped us through the really tough situations. There's no false perception that everyone in a family gets along all of the time, and no one in any family out there is perfect. But they're the ones that are always available for any real problems in life, and we need to thank them as well. So thank you Mom, Alan, and all of my other family out there. I love you guys.
57: The next group of people is all of the friends we've gathered before and throughout high school. They may be sitting next to you, behind you, way over there in the corner, or might not be up here at all, but they deserve a big thank you. Our friends tend to have a huge impact on us as well. They're the ones we spend the most time around, they're the ones we try to act like, and they're the ones we try to impress. They could range from the guy who happens to be your great friend but biggest competition--that's Luke Raymond out there for me. Your best friend who, for me, happens to be that one girl who always managed to beat me and is gonna be talking in just a bit, that's Claire Griffiths. Or it could be your boyfriend or girlfriend that really does mean the world to you, mine happens to be Katelin McMaster. To all my great friends and everyone out there's close friends as well, thank you very much. The last group of people I want to than most likely falls into one of the earlier categories and I'm positive that everyone graduating today has one. That would be those one or two really special and important people that are in your life. All I can say about them is that they are the people you want to be when you "grow up", they strive to do their best and one of our biggest goals in life is to live up to their standards. I happen to have two of those people, those are my two step brothers, Josh and David. I just want to thank you guys because without you two I wouldn't be up here today. Well graduates, that's my speech. High school, and quite honestly the easy part of our lives, is now over. We're going out into the real world now and it won't be any walk in the park. But keep all of those people I just thanked close to you, and you'll do fine. Thanks, and everyone stay full of love. | Rising Sun High School - June 8, 2012
58: Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass…It's about learning to dance in the rain.
62: I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
63: The family is one of nature's masterpieces. ~George Santayana
64: Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself. - Harvey Fierstein
65: Try to discover the road to success and you'll seek but never find, but blaze your own path and the road to success will trail right behind. ~Robert Brault | Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~Les Brown
67: Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. - Robert Brault | It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings
68: Good times! | Jon and Andrew
69: Good friends are the rare jewels of life... … difficult to find and impossible to replace. | Sue Sheard and Andrew with Jon and his Mom
70: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | to the Graduate
71: I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
72: making | Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away.
73: It's the little moments that make life big.
75: Graduation Dinner at La Casa Pasta
77: Day at the Beach with Kate
78: class of | 2016 | Andrews Hall | Dyson Baudo Recreation Center | Irvine Hall
79: "The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed." ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan | Soon Jon will be leaving for Marietta College to earn his degree in Petroleum Engineering | Erwin Hall | Legacy Library | Anderson Hancock Planetarium | Fayerweather Hall