The Class of 2012 at Jonathan Law High School learned how to be loud a long time ago, said Shelja Patel, class salutatorian during graduation exercises Tuesday night.The graduating senior said her generation learned the trait from rap artist Snoop Doggy Dog when they were just starting out in the world. \u201cSeventeen years ago we listened to his hit Crazy, and the class of 2012 learned to drive you crazy,\u201d she said. \u201cThe class of 2012 can hurt your ears, but we don\u2019t bite. The class of 2012 can get in your face, but we don\u2019t sting.\u201dShe thanked teachers and staff at Law, saying, \u201cThanks for letting us be who we are, even when it hurt your ears.\u201dAnd apparently while loud, they are dreamers. Class Valedictorian Bhaswati Chattopadhyay talked about the dreams they shared, and how she and her classmates started high school with dreams about what they wanted to become as adults, visions that may have changed since their kindergarten days of dreaming about being astronauts.\u201cRegardless of the paths our dreams have taken recently, here we all stand today, with our old astronaut dreams, some of us under the height requirement and without 20\/20 vision, and all of us affected by NASA budget cuts,\u201d she said. \u201cWe must accept that all the dreams we\u2019ve every had are not going to come true \u2014 not because of external circumstances, but because we have all personally grown beyond those dreams.\u201dShe said dreaming will be a constant, and collectively, the class will continue to dream of a better world.Jenny Taing, salutatorian at Foran High School, told her fellow graduates that dreaming big is fine, but it\u2019s okay to dream small, too.\u201cSometimes we feel like dreams are only for those who are extremely passionate, or those who have a talent,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd then we worry because we feel like not having one means that we are lacking in some way. Everyone always says to dream big.\u201dBut dreams don\u2019t have to be lifelong journeys, she continued. They can be short and simple, and piece together to create a meaningful life. She recalled that when she was in sixth grade her dream was to talk with a British accent. Later, she set her sights on retracing her family\u2019s journey by visiting her grandfather\u2019s village in China and her father\u2019s village in Cambodia.\u201cThese little dreams may seem nothing more than random impulses in life,\u201d Jenny said. \u201cBut truthfully, they have the ability to describe you so much better than you can describe yourself.\u201cSo take the time to invest in every interest, whim, and dream,\u201d she continued. \u201cEven if it doesn't lead to an epiphany, or a brand new outlook on life, you'll enjoy the journey.\u201dThomas Bassine, valedictorian at Foran, spoke not of dreams or rappers, but about feeling connected to one\u2019s life and world.Thomas said he believes one of the greatest ills people feel is a disconnect from their jobs, responsibilities and family life.\u201cPeople do not like to feel like their precious energy is wasted on impersonal forces beyond their control, and certainly, for me personally, the feeling I loathe more than anything else is alienation from what I am doing,\u201d Thomas said.He advised his classmates to be a real participant in everything they do, even the most mundane of tasks, and to draw strength and learning from even the most difficult chores.\u201cAn old expression goes, \u2018Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life,\u2019 but for me I consider the term work more liberally as a synonym for thoroughly engaging in life itself,\u201d Thomas concluded.The speakers, along with school officials and class presidents, voiced their farewell words Tuesday evening at Jonathan Law and Foran High Schools. Between the two high schools, more than 460 students graduated.