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Here are some of the speeches written by this Junes valedictorians from high schools around

Westchester.
Briarcliff High School
William Cember
Age: 18
Attending: Harvard University
I will be blunt: no advice will be given in this speech. Alas, many people can give better advice,
people who are older, more educated, and more experienced than I. It is neither worth your time
nor mine to hear the ruminations of an eighteen year old. Instead, read books, listen to music,
play tennis or baseball or any other sport, or just do something fun, all activities more
worthwhile than listening to my advice. Maybe when Im 60 and, hopefully, rich and famous, Ill
be worthy of giving advice. This speech shall be short.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, teachers, students, and most of all
Graduates of the Class of 2008. It is an honor to speak to you on this special occasion. Alfred
Lord Tennyson ended his poem Ulysses with the line To strive, to seek, to find, and not to
yield. Indeed, we have done so. We are graduating today.
I would like to highlight a few of our class accomplishments over the last year:
Our class participated in the All-State Chorus, Jazz Band and Symphonic Band in Rochester and
in the Area All-State Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Band in Purchase.
The Art and Music Festival and the Dance Evening were great successes.
The Briarcliff Bulletin, Briars and Ivy, and the Yearbook were all published and read.
Many of our graduates won major prizes at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair and
have also won top prizes in the Intel Competition.
The Math Honor Society had a very successful first full year, hosting an Engineering Forum and
organizing the student-run Math Lab.
The World Language and Social Studies Departments sponsored trips to Italy, Switzerland, and
Costa Rica, enjoyed and remembered by all who went on them.
The Briarcliff Girls Soccer Team won the New York State Championship.
The Briarcliff Girls Basketball Team won the New York State Championship.
It is by no mere accident or coincidence that all of these remarkable things have happened this
year, or at least I would hope. It has been the result of our ambition to do our personal best; to
persist, persevere and perfect ourselves; to work as individuals and as a team. Today, our many
hours of hard work have finally paid off.
The plethora of achievements of this class would not have been possible without the help,
support, and guidance of our parents and teachers, counselors and coaches, and the overall
inspiration from the entire school community. To these mentors, I say: Our success is your
success, for you have given us the courage to dare, the knowledge to excel, and the belief that we
can succeed. You have been there for us with encouragement and care; you have had faith when
we doubted ourselves. You have instilled in us the self-confidence needed to reach for our
dreams. For all of these things, we, the Class of 2008, thank every single one of you.

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As graduates, we face many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future. However,
uncertainty is another word for opportunity. I said at the beginning of this speech that I was not
going to give advice. We dont need it. Thank you all for coming to witness this very special day.
Congratulations, happy graduation, and best of luck to the Briarcliff High School class of 2008!
**
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Roosevelt High School
Gledis Rosario
Age: 19
Attending: Manhattan College
I could go back and reminisce about the last four years. Instead I think its more important to
focus on where we will be in the next four years. Whether its baking great bread, cooking up
laws in the senate, teaching futures generations, or creating new music, all of us must make sure
the word success is associated with what we do.
We must concentrate on enhancing our futures and setting great examples for those who love us
and for those who will follow us. We must be tomorrows positive images. Our actions must
make a statement and send a clear message. One that says, wherever we come from, whatever we
have, or dont have, whatever our color, sex or cultural background, we can be partners in
success and we can achieve greatness together,
In order to have high self esteem, confidence, and motivation we must be willing to work
diligently and have a keen understanding of how far we can go. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Let us
leave a trail others will be proud to follow.
If you feel at any point, that life is becoming too hard and that obstacles are coming from left and
right. Please dont panic. Remember that life can get better, if we have the right tools to work
with. Tools like a positive attitude, an education, the right friends and fierce determination.
Class of 2008, It is up to all of you to make a difference, to have people say honorable things
about you and leave the impression that you never gave up on yourselves. Society is counting on
you. Excellence is never an accident- its the result of hard work. Go forward, work hard, and
attain excellence; the kind of excellence that will make your dreams reality. A secure future can
be reality you must visualize tomorrow a safe, happy, prosperous tomorrow and make it
happen.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the teachers and administrators who worked so hard to
make us reach this commencement ceremony. To my heroes, Rosanna and Q, thank you for not
letting me into a great black hole. Estefany and Yovana, I treasure your unconditional love and
support. Mami, I hope I made you proud.
Class of 2008, good luck and remember graduation is only the beginning.
**

Gorton High School


Brittany Cannady
Age: 18
Attending: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Welcome parents, teachers, and the Gorton High School class of 2008.
A hearty thanks to Yahweh my God, my family (and all those present today). Students, please
give your parents a hand!
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I am so honored to be standing before you all today. I thought long and hard about what to say to
you, the class of 2008! (and no, this is not the part of our regularly scheduled programming when
I throw my speech aside). I wondered, what right does having the highest G.P.A. in our grade
give me, to tell you what to do? Many things that I could say have already been said before:
dont have kids before youre married, drugs mess up your life; but they have already been
said ... many times. Pay attention to the people who tell you these things, because theyre the
ones who really care.
So, to answer my previous question: none, because grades dont equal life experience (something
were pretty much all equal on). Im not going to waste our time trying to unclich the clich that
is my valedictory. So heres what Ill do: Ill share some of my hopes for the future with you all.
I hope that what weve learned here at Gorton serves us well. Im not talking strictly about the
learning that goes on in a classroom either here are a few gems of knowledge that Ive
picked up along the way
1. Procrastination is NOT your friend.
2. You are a work in progress dont expect to get everything right the first time
3. Parents are smarter than they appear (its that whole life experience thing rearing its [lovely]
head)
4. Graduating from high school is pretty much like earning your kindergarten diploma you
need more to make it in the real world, because this is only a step along the way
5. No one is holding you back not your friends, your teachers, or your parents; you are the
only one who can limit yourself. Dont do that!
I hope that you go to college and you take it seriously. No pressure, but what you do there will
greatly impact the rest of your life. Oh, and while youre there, try to find something you like,
that youre good at.
I hope that, if you have a god, you serve him (or her!), and stick to your beliefs.
I hope that, when you change, you dont change the good things about yourself, and that you do
it for yourself, not for other people.
I hope that, even though youre leaving, you dont leave your friends or family behind.

Like Madonna, weve made it through the wilderness, class of 2008! Through all of the drama,
the tests, the papers, the projects, the pressure of SATs and college applications! So
congratulations, be proud of yourselves, and most importantly dont let these four years be the
best of your life. Make Gorton proud!
**
Harrison High School
Riya Goyal
Age: 16
Attending: Harvard University
When I first sat down to write this speech, I was absolutely clueless about what to do. So, like
any other high school student I Googled valedictorian speeches and came up with a list of the
top 10 phrases NOT to use in a graduation speech. For example, one should NEVER mention
that Well always look back on these days or that This isnt the end, its a new beginning. And
finally the number one most commonly used statement in graduation speeches across the
country, We, are the leaders of tomorrow
Its funny though because although each of these statements ARE clichs, there is some truth to
them. The fact is ... We WILL always look back on these days ...Those days long ago in the 90s
when we used to sing along with the latest boy bands ... telling our friends, I really really really
wanna zig a zig ah. The days when it was a big deal to get a dollar from your mom to go buy
something from the ice cream truck. And of course, no one will ever forget the moments when
we courageously watched Are You Afraid of the Dark?, collected Beanie Babies, and all the
while kept a watchful eye on our Tamagotchis and Furbies.
The world seemed so innocent and as children we were nave. It wasnt until middle and high
school that we were exposed to some of the veracities of the real world and faced with the harsh
realities of 9/11, the war in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina. But despite all of the stresses and
worries of this in addition to SATs, college apps, and piling schoolwork...the class of 2008 still
had endlessly fond memories of high school.
It seems like only yesterday when we first stepped foot on the Harrison campus. The beginning
days of high school were marked by circling around the D-hallway over and over again until we
finally found our classes. The moments as underclassmen when we secretly sat on the senior
benches...praying that freshman Friday was just a cruel and unusual rumor. And who could forget
the battles between the grades to paint the rocks during spirit week, the pep rallies, bandathons,
and gong shows. Over these four years, our class has bonded in a remembrance of the sports
weve all cheered on, the teachers weve all loved or just loved to hate, the fights weve all
watched, the fire drills weve all appreciated...depending on the weather, and the snow days
weve all prayed for.
Some people mark high school as the best years of your life. But to be honest, these are just the
best years of our lives AT THE MOMENT.
The great thing about Harrison is that there are so many people with completely different but
nonetheless amazing talents. Sure Im number one in the class, but I am certainly not the only
person who is number 1. There are people sitting in the audience right now who are
photographers, dancers, singers, and professional athletes. There are others who aspire to go into
international relations, become art therapists, entrepreneurs, teachers, the list goes on. No matter
what your future endeavors may be, let the ensuing success inflate your happiness level, and
never settle for what you are not overjoyed with. It is these experiences that will mark the truly
remarkable years of your life.

Bill Cosby once said, I dont know the key to success but I know the key to failure is trying to
please everybody. All great achievements arise from passion and heart. It is the desire to do
better, to dig deeper that propels a civilization to greatness.
All of us have heard the story of the Giving Tree, the selfless tree that graciously offered a young
boy everything he wanted branches to swing from, apples to snack on, shade to sit in. As the
boy grew older he began to request more, and in an act of self-sacrifice, the tree allowed the boy
to cut her down and use the wood to build a boat and sail away. Many years later, the boy, now
an old man, returns and the tree ... now nothing but a severed stump says, "I have nothing left to
give you." For a fleeting moment, the tree felt what it was like to be carefree and not have to
worry about what others thought of her ... to be universally loved ... but for doing so, she paid the
ultimate price ...becoming forgotten and used. Like the tree, we too have been given gifts that we
sometimes overlook and take for granted: education, experience, extremely good looks. With
these gifts comes the responsibility of choice. We alone decide how our talents are bestowed
upon the world to either further our own interests and passions, or to gain the momentary
approval of our peers and cohorts. This is our destiny and we hold it in the palm of our hands. As
you embark on the rest of your life, I urge you to do what you love ..., because those who mind
dont matter and those who matter dont mind. Thank you and congratulations!!!
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Additional paragraph:
I want to take a moment to thank all of my teachers for all of the time and dedication they have
devoted to me and all of the other graduates. Thank you to my friends for theres absolutely no
way that I could have survived high school without you guys. And finally, a special thank you to
my family, my grandparents and my brother and sister for being here today. and particularly my
mom and dad. The both of you have had to deal with me at my worst moments through my
mood swings, nervous breakdowns, and times where I completely doubted myself. But the two
of you have always been there for me and it is so comforting to know that I had and will have
your support no matter what I choose to do.
**
Horace Greeley High School
Susannah E. Rudel
Age: 18
Attending: Amherst College
Fellow graduates, faculty, administration, friends, and family,
Our generation is constantly reminded that we have grown up in an intense media age. We have
access to radio, television, cellphones, the Internet, text messages, instant messages, e-mail, snail
mail, podcasts and the ultimate in instant group communication: Facebook. There is a Facebook
group for everything. In fact, there is even a group named Everything I need to know I learned
from Full House. As a proud 1990s sitcom junkie, I can honestly say, this group speaks the
truth. All of lifes most significant lessons can be found somewhere in the 192 episodes of Full
House, that wholesome, corny, family sitcom that aired from 1987 to 1995 and has been in
reruns ever since. Whether it is learning the importance of following your dreams as Stephanie
pursues her career as a dancer, or learning the importance of family as the Tanners take care of
Uncle Jesse when he breaks both of his arms, or realizing that a simple hug can make just about
any tough situation better, in many ways Full House is the digital version of Aesops fables.

While these lessons are all important, I believe the greatest wisdom Full House has to offer is the
importance of forgiveness and not holding onto grudges. For example, when Stephanie
accidentally drives Joeys car through the house and plans to run away to Mexico, her father
explains that his love for her is unconditional, even if she did destroy their home.
I believe the class of 2008, our class, has exemplified this life lesson exactly as the producers of
Full House intended it. As our final school year in Chappaqua has raced by, I have been amazed
by our collective ability to forget our grudges from the past and focus on the present, all the
while enjoying our last year with each other. I noticed this especially during our recent classwide color war. As a proud member of the Roaring Brook team, which clearly dominated, I
found myself speaking with people I hadnt spoken to since second grade. It didnt matter that
we once, ten years ago, had a fight over who got the red colored pencil or who would go on the
swing first; we were representing our team by wearing yellow, so as far as we were concerned,
we were best friends. We discussed where to hang up balloons or how to best hold a rope for
maximum grip during the tug of war, and though at times the competition became rather heated,
what mattered in the end was that we came together as a grade, putting our differences aside for
the sake of that touchdown in flag football or collecting just one more bag of recycling.
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In a way, its a shame that weve become so close just in time for us to head our separate ways
and begin the next stage of our lives. While we all hope to find new and exciting experiences in
the future, ideally we will remember our shared experiences and the lessons weve learned,
whether from Full House or some other sitcom. Now its time for us to move on and expand our
horizons, but as we do, we should remember that time and energy spent holding grudges is
wasted. One can miss so much when holding onto an annoyance from the past rather than
enjoying the experiences that we are a part of now, and will be in the future.
In the fall we will encounter entirely new groups of people with whom we have no history. Each
of us will make a new start in a new place. Hopefully we can all take what weve learned from
our experiences with each other during the past 13 years and remember the futility of grudges.
We are entering college in an amazing position; not only are we prepared, but many of us have
already had the opportunity to get to know some of our future classmates, thanks to Facebook
groups that are a little more serious than the kind that focus on Full House. There are whole new
worlds filled with people awaiting us, who we will meet in just a few short weeks. Within these
new worlds we will find people with similar and dissimilar interests, and all of them will help us
grow. We will help others grow too, by bringing not just a minivan filled with plastic furniture
from Bed Bath and Beyond with us to our new homes, but our own interests, whether they be an
addiction to High School Musical or an undying passion for Rubiks cubes. We will bring with us
the lessons weve learned from media, such as Full House, and from our time spent together this
past year. It is my own hope that the wisdom weve gained from our time here will remain with
us even after college, as we take our place as the next leaders in a world in which too many
problems are left unsolved. Though for the most part we have only experienced petty
disagreements in comparison to the fights and wars that occur all around us in this world, the
lesson of forgiveness, as taught by the Tanner family of Full House, applies globally. Perhaps if
countries could put aside their grudges as we as a class have done, this world would be a more
peaceful place.
So move on to your next adventure, embrace whatever comes at you, and show the people in
your new world that there is much more to get out of life when you leave your grudges behind.
Congratulations to all of us.
**
Horace Greeley High School (second speech)

Brett Rosenberg
Age: 17
Attending: Harvard University This has been a fantastic week -- no classes, no responsibilities,
lots of diner runs. For the first time in a while, Ive had the opportunity to think and reflect about
what Greeley has meant to me, and about what comes next. And I found myself thinking about
time. About how it flies by, about how theres never enough of it. About how life comes at us so
fast that we dont always get to appreciate the time we have, and the people we share our time
with. I feel like I started at Greeley last week, and now Im on the graduation podium, dressed
like a dork and trying not to embarrass myself any more than I have to.
So how do we slow down the rush of time, so that we can get some measure of control? People
way smarter than me have been pondering the mystery of time sincewell, since time began.
Shakespeare said "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day
to day." Saint Augustine asked "What then is time? If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do
not know." I have no idea what these quotes mean, so Ill go with Hootie and the Blowfish, who
declared "I dont believe in time."
I know I cant really win the fight against time, but Im going to fight anyway. Im going to fight
to keep my memories of Greeley and each of you with me wherever I go, no matter how crazy
life gets. And Im going to fight to savor my time with family and friends, and to not let the
things that matter slip by in the rush of things that dont matter. And Im going to do it with two
weaponsthings: laughter and thank yous. According to an essential theory of physics, all time is
relative. I dont know why it took an Einstein to figure that out. If you go to Greeley, you know
that time moves faster here than anywhere else. you would have thought possible. Between tests
and quizzes, projects and lab reports, presentations and powerpoints, sometimes it takes a huge
effort just to stay afloat. Weeks, sometimes months, flash by just like that. Its funny how time
can play games with us like thatwhen were happy, when everything seems right with the
world, time seems to run away from us. Or dump a 10 page writing assignment essay on us. , to
flee in the hope of bringing on some darker times.
So how can And so, the obvious question arises: how we fight back against the tyranny of time?
How can we stop the speeding of time so we can live in the moment, so we can appreciate the
fullness of life? do I can prevent this from happening? How do we get to can we stop the
speeding of time so that we can live in the moment, so that we can appreciate the fullness of life?
I think there are two ways to do it this: laugh a lot, often and say thank you as often as you can. It
may sound corny, but I think that these two acts should be the basis of any life philosophy.
They say that laughter is the best medicine. Its cheap, it doesnt require a prescription, and it
doesnt make you nauseous. No matter how bad things get, we can always find something to
laugh about. We can certainly count on our political leaders for that. But we need to able to laugh
at ourselves too -- because if we dont, someone else surely will. So I urge all of you to laugh,
and not just at my jokes. Laugh at whatever you want, but laugh whenever you can. You might
look foolish, but so what? As E. E. Cummings once said The most wasted of all days is one
without laughter. Never, in my opinion, were truer words spoken. Laughter has the ability to
brighten any day, to dissolve any cloud. But, beyond simply making each day more enjoyable,
laughter is one of the key elements to slowing down the rushing tide of life. To laugh, to be able
to stop and find the humor in a situation, requires you to appreciate a moment in itself. It also
helps to not take life too seriously, something you can never outgrow, for as humor columnist
Dave Barry says, You can only be young once, but you can always be immature. Perhaps after
this speech, I should go knock down the sand castle I built on the softball field.
When youre not laughing, try to thank people. It takes a little extra time to say thank you, but
thats okay. Thats how we can slow time down and let people know what they mean to us and
that were not taking them for granted. Our parents, our teachers, our classmates do so much for
us every day. Sometimes I feel like I owe them an entire speech, but realistically, when am I ever

going to get the chance to stand in front of the whole class and faculty and make a speech? So
Ill just take the time here and now to say In addition to laughter, the other key element to
cherishing each and every day is saying thank you. Every teacher, every parent, every student
that I stumble upon has changed my life in one way or another, and as Ive tried to articulate
what theyve meant to me, all I can say is thank you. Theres a lot that can be packed into those
two little words, and saying them means that you have appreciated what someone has done for
you, appreciated a moment that they have influenced. When you go home tonight, be sure to
thank someone who has positively impacted your life and helped bring you to this point in time.
Ill start the chain right now: to my parents, thank you for always standing by my side and
supporting me. To my teachers, thank you for opening my eyes to the world beyond the Saw Mill
Parkway. To my friends, thanks for just being there for me, and for always making me laugh. Im
going to give you your last bit of homework for the year when you go home tonight, thank at
least one person who helped bring you to this moment. Even when you didnt mean to.
So fellow graduates, as you slip off into your futures, feel free to use my two weapons wherever
life may take you. Remember to laugh, and to say thank you. This arsenal does come with a
warning label, however. There is a fine line between cherishing each moment and living in the
past. (If you laugh too much in the wrong places, you might also remember to say excuse me.)
And while youre at it, be sure to remember where you came from. We dont want to be trapped
in the past[, and not only because the past includes [cafeteria food]]. [Those are your two tools
with which to begin living in and loving each moment: laughter and gratitude. They do come
with a warning, however: theres a fine line between appreciating every moment and living in the
past. For instance, the fact that Im still introducing myself as Brett Rosenberg, third grade
Mancala Class Champion, is probably not healthy. But lets be sure to take your memories with
us, along with you, for they shape who we are, but do not let them stand in the way of who we
will become and help transform us into who we will become.
Which brings us back here, to this time, to this graduation ceremony, which is all about time. Its
a celebration not just of And now, here we are at graduation, the biggest, most significant
moment we have reached so far. our futures, but also of our pasts. It is more than about this one
ceremony, this one moment. Its about the pirate themed freshmen pasta dinner, where I managed
to drop a scoop of lasagna on a parents shoe apparently, eye patches impair depth perception.
Its about the fantastic talent shows put on by our G.O. where we were dazzled by our class
extraordinary musicians and singers. Its about the selfless generosity of our classmates who
spent their February break helping out a flood damaged town in Louisiana. Its about senior
musical, about barbeques, about color war and about the fact that Grafflin is still the greatest.
Its about senior beach day, where we all witnessed first hand how well sand castles and biology
class could intersect. Graduation is a celebration of every one of these moments, and so many
more. Im sure that we will all have many more moments in our lives, and we have to take the
time to appreciate them as they come.
And, just as with the rest of life, graduation is about more than this one moment, this one
ceremony I look back, Im amazed at how much Ive learned over last four years. At Its about
the pirate-themed freshmen pasta dinner, I learned that eye patches impair depth perception
which is why I managed to place where I managed to drop a whole scoop of lasagna on an
unsuspecting parents shoe. [Argh.] At our fantastic GO sponsored , because apparently, eye
patches impair depth perception. Its about the fantastic talent shows, I learned put on by our
lovely G.O. where we got to hear [the space age musical stylings of Pete Gonzales and Andrew
Sarlo, as well as the dulcet tones of our own sweet voiced crooner, Reid Carroll]. Over February
break, I learned Its about the selfless generosity of Victoria Vitale and the rest of the gang who
that helped spent their February break helping out a flood damaged town in Louisiana. Every
single day for the past four years, I learned about how lucky I was to be part of this community,
and thats what graduation is really all about. Its about senior musical, about barbeques, about
color war and, about the fact that Grafflin is still the greatest. And its about time I wrapped
this up. Its about senior beach day, where we all witnessed first hand how well sculpture and
biology classes could coincide. Graduation is a celebration of every one of these moments, and

so many more. My goal is to learn how to stop and smell the roses, to appreciate them all in and
of themselves.
In trying to understand the fight against the relentless rush of time, I finally found true think we
find the best source of this wisdom not in Plato or Aristotle, not in the Bible or the Koran, not in
Ovid or Homer. I found it in think we find it in our favorite the Broadway show comedy, Pippin,
which, for those of you who dont know, was our senior musical, the musical that our class put
on in April, is the show that our grade so artfully performed. No one has ever put it better than
this full-fledged appreciation of life is embodied by Pippins grandmother, played so Berthe. In
her tune, No Time at All, sung so beautifully by our own Alysia Perez-Hall, when she said:
Lets pledge never to forget the message of the song. Heres the chorus: Berthe graces us with
her insight. It goes a little something like this:
Oh, its time to start livin.
Time to take a little from the world were given.
Time to take time, for spring will turn to fall
In just no time at all.
In just no time at all, we will be college students, and soon enough, even that spring will turn to
fall as we will graduate, and we will be sent out into the world to find our own meaning in life.
And a job. On this journey, be sure to laugh much and smile often, for optimism will always
make the world a brighter place, for a simple show of optimism can make the world a brighter
place. Be sure to say thank you to those who deserve it, for a little gratitude goes a long way, as a
little gratitude can go a long way. But most of all, be sure to make your time your own, for time
is far too precious to let slip away without a fight.
Class of 2008, its time to start livin.
**
Lincoln High School
Charlyn Brea, valedictorian
Age: 17
Attending: Dartmouth College
*Zenille Saunders , salutatorian
Age: 18
Attending: Syracuse University
As valedictorian and salutatorian we decided to speak in consort. The rationale behind this is to
emphasize the idea that bringing your dreams and passions to fruition depends on the help and
support of those around you.
Zenille: I am Zenille Saunders, salutatorian of the class of 2008, a member of the Academy of
Finance, and a driven student-athlete.
Charlyn: My name is Charlyn Brea. Im the valedictorian for the class of 2008 and a member of
the Arts Academy. Ive dedicated much of my time at Lincoln to theater and performing arts.

Zenille: As an athlete, sports have always been a huge part of my life. But, of all the awards I
have earned in the past four years, the Gold Scholar-Athlete Trophy is the one which I most
value. In my four years at Lincoln High School, it feels as if I have partaken in every sports
activity available to me in various venues across Yonkers. Thats everything from catching fly
balls in our school park to making free throws at the neighborhood basketball courts. But sports
have not always treated me kindly. There have been injuries, losses, frustration... all things one
would expect in the journey to master their craft.
Charlyn: In the journey to mastering my craft theater has truly helped me come out of my shell.
For me, performing on stage is really all about that one moment at the close of a show, when I
feel this overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Its the moment when I feel that all the work
the cast has put into the play, into memorizing lines, and into long rehearsals finally pays off. It
finally makes sense, because I feel like Ive done something that I can be really proud of. Thats
the best feeling in the world and it makes me eager to put in all that work for the next play. So
for me, theater is about self-fulfillment.
Zenille: I gained self-fulfillment through sports. My experience as a student athlete has taught
me that sports are much like life.
Charlyn: Theater is one of my greatest passions; through it Ive learned that the stage is similar to
life.
Zenille: Any sports venue is filled with two types of people; the players and the spectators. In life
you cannot afford to be an onlooker, but must be active. DONT BE A SPECTATOR!
Charlyn: No matter how tempting it may seem, in life you cannot simply allow yourself to be a
member of the audience. Pick up the script, be a part of the play, and take decisive action!
Zenille: And while youre playing the game, DONT BE A BALL HOG, too consumed with
personal gain or focused on one specific thing to share your successes with your teammates,
friends, and family. HELP THE TEAM!
Charlyn: Always remember that theater is about the strength of the cast. Dont upstage the other
actors because youre nothing without them; learn to work as a family or the show will fall apart.
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Charlyn: These experiences have taught us the lessons weve learned together.
Zenille: One of the greatest lessons weve learned together is from the poet T.S. Elliot.
Charlyn: And indeed there will be time
To wonder, Do I dare?
Zenille: and, Do I dare?
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair
Charlyn: [They will say: How his hair is growing thin!]
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,

Zenille: My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin


[They will say: But how his arms and legs are thin!]
Do I dare
Charlyn: Disturb the universe?
Zenille: Disturb the universe!
Charlyn: Thats the challenge; disturb the universe!
Zenille: Eradicate poverty.
Charlyn: Eliminate world hunger.
Zenille: Disturb the universe.
Charlyn: Save the rain forest.
Zenille: Solve global warming.
Charlyn: Disturb the universe.
Zenille: Cure cancer.
Charlyn: Do something that matters.
Zenille: Rashaan, do you dare to disturb the universe?
Rashaan: [Stands.] I dare to disturb the universe!
Charlyn: Diane, do you dare to disturb the universe?
Diane: [Stands.] I dare to disturb the universe!
Zenille: Jared, do you dare to disturb the universe?
Jared: [Stands.] I dare to disturb the universe!
Charlyn: Neville, do you dare to disturb the universe?
Neville: [Stands.] I dare to disturb the universe!
Zenille: Anatasha, do you dare to disturb the universe?
Anatasha: [Stands.] I dare to disturb the universe!
Charlyn: At this time, we would like to ask all the graduates to please stand. [All graduates
stand.]
Zenille: Please turn and face the audience. [Graduates turn.]
Charlyn & Zenille: Disturb the universe!
Graduates: [Chant.] We will rock you!

Thank you class of 2008!


Its been great.