Senior Speeches: How Quickly Things Change

January 09, 2017


“I am who I am because of what I’ve been through, however, each of our stories have their own unique twists.”

Each year, seniors at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School deliver a speech to their peers on a topic of their choosing in the Newhall Auditorium. Often equal parts clever and moving, emotional and personal, each speech offers a glimpse into the lives, experiences, struggles, and triumphs of SSM seniors.

Periodically throughout the 2016-2017 school year, we will share excerpts of those speeches with the SSM community, and hope that you enjoy the humor, wisdom, and powerful reflections conveyed by our senior students.


“My biggest role model would be my dad. He has taught me many lessons over the years, ones I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. Like the time he taught me that I have to take responsibility for my actions; he had me work at his company by sorting light bulbs and cutting batteries out of packets for getting a speeding ticket.

He has taught me to always put family first, and he demonstrates that to me every day with the sacrifices he makes to make my family happy. He taught me to always try hard at everything I do; he showed this when he coached me at every sport I played for most of my life. He taught me that winning is good, but it’s okay to lose.

But most importantly of all, he taught me to always look on the bright side of things and that I don’t have to be so serious all the time, that’s it okay to laugh and have fun.”

- Taylor Kimmel

“It’s crazy how quickly things change…

…The ups and downs that happen in life show me that things can be joyous or troubling, but the constant in the whole thing is that I move on. Whether something good or bad happens, I deal with the situation. Those situations change me, contributing to who I’ll become. I am who I am because of what I’ve been through, however each of our stories have their own unique twists.”

- Makayla Langei 

“For the past three years, I had never taken off the bracelet my Grandma gave me, even though it had already faded. She said this would keep me safe; however, to me, the bracelet ties me with her; I know she’s always with me.”

- Marian Xu

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