Public speaking can be a nightmare for people of all ages.
Recent Jamestown High graduate and First Colony Flyers alumnus Corey Shideler was not the valedictorian or salutatorian of his class. But he applied and earned the right to speak at commencement June 17 anyway, along with classmate Allesandra Plourde.
Shideler will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall, and his parents are moving to Lynchburg, meaning the former Jamestown and 757Swim standout felt compelled to offer a goodbye on a sweeping stage.
"I just felt like it was a great opportunity to give one last message to the community that really made me who I am today," Shideler said.