June 13, 2011

Valedictorian Speech

The Future

            They say that as one door closes another door opens. I think that this is relevant to the time it is in our lives.  As the door to our childhood years close, the door that leads to high school and endless possibilities opens. Our generation is blessed with amazing opportunities to succeed and reach our goals. We all have our own unique gifts to contribute to the world, and wherever our life leads us there are always choices and opportunities open to us. We may face difficult decisions or hard challenges, however, at Saint Pat’s, we have learned the skills to be able to adapt, advance, and achieve whatever challenges we are faced with. Even though I am talking about finding what we are passionate about and making choices, I would also like to say that this is a time in our lives where we don’t have to rush, we have our whole lives in front of us. Some of us may find that we want to pursue something in the next two years; some of us might not find what we want to do until our high school graduation. We can find it in our own time. In thinking about our futures, I would also like to take this time to acknowledge who has gotten us to this point, and who will be there for us on our journey: our families. They will always be there for us to guide, support, and congratulate you in whatever you attempt. Another part of the future is making memories. As a class, we have made many fun memories together, and I hope that we can carry that humor into high school and make even better memories with our new classes. Personally, I am just anticipating the sunny, laughter-filled memories-to-be of the summer.
In addition, I would like to thank our incredible teachers, Mrs. Miner, Mr. Adams, Mr. Skillman, and Mrs. Norton and also Mr. Nordlund, and Mrs. Jordan for preparing us and giving us the knowledge to go on to high school. And like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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