iBerkshires.com reports Hoosac Valley High School graduates on Friday night were asked to look back before stepping forward.

After the 80 seniors — each holding a red carnation — marched into the gymnasium to take their seats, valedictorian Jenna Charron congratulated her fellow classmates and asked them to reflect on their time at Hoosac.

Charron told her classmates they have the potential to accomplish anything and said she was excited to see what the future will bring to the class of 2018.

"High school is just a minuscule part of our lives, and there is so much more out there for us to experience," she said.

Graduate Adam Bush lead a moment of silence for classmate Kaliq Sherman, who was killed in a car accident one year ago at the age of 17.

He said the class of 2018 is ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Bush said although he can't read the future, he knows his fellow classmates have picked up on these important life lessons and listed the successes of various sports teams, clubs, the theater, band and other members that he thought made the class of 2018 one to remember.

Before ending his address, he asked for one more Hoosac cheer before graduating.