CLEAR SPRING — It was Ben Cornwell and 114 other graduates’ night to shine Thursday as they graduated from Clear Spring High School.
But when Cornwell stood at the podium to give his speech as class salutatorian, he spoke of his younger sister who learned last summer she has Type 1 diabetes.
She endures at least four shots a day, numerous pricks to the fingers, and deals with stress, a strict diet, and ridicule from her peers, Cornwell said.
She takes all of that and “she runs with it,” Cornwell said.
His younger sister is the source of his inspiration, said Cornwell, who encouraged his classmates and the audience to “Go and find your inspiration, just as I have found mine.”
“You do not have to look hard to find it. Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. It is just a matter of looking hard enough to notice it,” said Cornwell, 17, of Clear Spring.