DENVILLE, NJ – Valleyview Middle School Valedictorian Kashish Jaiswal and Salutatorian Gabriel Dokus delivered remarks during the eighth-grade graduation ceremony held in the auditorium of Morris Knolls High School on June 18.

Announced as the class Valedictorian and Salutatorian during the school’s annual awards ceremony on June 4, Jaiswal and Dokus addressed nearly 200 of their classmates as well as parents and other family members, teachers, administrators, and Denville Board of Education members during the graduation ceremony.

Jaiswal delivered a heartfelt speech that acknowledged her classmates’ tenacity…

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“This is only the first step on the long road that lies ahead of us, and there is so much more left for us to experience. I’m confident that we will make it. I mean, we’ve gotten this far already!

offered encouragement…

“It’s important not to lose hope or give up faith in ourselves. We need to brush off the dust and keep on going, because life is hard and it might not get much easier as the years pass, but at times, being unsuccessful is just part of the journey! And this journey might take us halfway across the world, or maybe it’ll bring us right back home, but it’s up to us to go on that adventure and find out where we’re meant to be. As unlikely as it may seem now, going to school is just a way of making sure that we’re ready for whatever life throws our way.”

instilled aspiration…

“So, call me crazy, but I can’t wait for high school and for whatever challenges come our way…we’re about to embark on some of the best moments of our lives! That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be worried about what’s coming or that it’s not okay to get lost along the way, but it doesn’t mean we should always live in fear of the unknown either. There’s so much more to discover, and the end of middle school is only the beginning of everything else. Don’t worry though, judging by the time I’ve spent with all of you, the future could not be in better hands.”

and bid a fond farewell…

“And on that note, I would like to applaud each and every one of my classmates for making it through these three eventful years at Valleyview. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 – we made it!” is a member of the New Jersey Press Association and is a hyperlocal news site that serves residents, organizations and business owners of Denville, New Jersey.

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