Senior Speeches


Senior Speeches

  • We cannot let what we go through define who we are, but instead let it shape us into who we are becoming.
  • My personality and hobbies may sometimes conflict, but ultimately they combine to create my life. Without these counterpoints I am not myself. 
  • Now in my senior year, I look back on my four years at Shattuck for this speech and I came to the realization that even if I came here for soccer, the things I learned along the way are way more important than playing at the next level. 
  • This past year, I was lucky enough to go on a medical mission trip to Haiti with my family. During this trip, we worked with IMR, International Medical Relief, to help bring relief and medical treatment to the people of Haiti.
  • Words can’t describe how great of a coach he was. He always knew just what to say. His famous line was “you’re not your golf score.” 
  • How different would the world be if we treated everyone on the planet as an extension of our own family?
  • The people that we serve are so grateful for the food and supplies that we give them. Mostly though, they are just as happy to have someone to talk to and to have someone ask how they are.
  • No action or event can take the light from your eyes. Only you can give it that power. 
  • My Paw Paw risked his life and the lives of his family in order to stand up for what he believed in because he truly cared. 
  • All these individual voices provide the foundation for my unique voice. They serve as reminders for everything I am and everything I aspire to be. 
  • I learn from my grandma every day. She showed me how to persevere as I watched her battle cancer. 
  • So, technically Rory and Tyler are my half brothers. But I have never thought of them that way. They are my brothers. They feel the same way about me.
  • Today I feel immensely proud of being Latina, of having African, Spanish, Portuguese and Indian roots, and of having learned to speak such a passionate language as Spanish.
  • We’re going to keep our heads up together in honor of this great man.
  • Thankfully, I have friends who accept me the way I am. They give me the chance to love myself.
  • My time spent with my sisters has been quite the rollercoaster, but I have been taught lessons that I will bring with me throughout my life. 
  • Scott reminded me to have fun and to be excited about what I love. He taught me to push myself and to be passionate. 
  • Even though it was a short period of time, I will forever be grateful for the time I spent with Darian.
  • To me, change meant growing up. It was a sense of maturity, and discovering the values and priorities in my life. 
  • Shattuck has given me so many things to be thankful for. A better team for me to play on, a better education for myself, and a brighter future. 
  • The community of Shattuck-St. Mary’s is like none other. The unconditional love and support from everyone really shows what kind of people we are and I’m proud to call this place my second home.
  • But other than finding out that we all don’t speak the same, you start to understand what makes you, you. That’s where SSM allows really you to grow.
  • Through my excessive studying, I reassure myself that I most likely will not fail. In the end, I do get great grades, but I often miss out on life.
  • Take the opportunity to do random things, whether it’s in modules and service projects or somewhere else, go out, engage, and come back with anything you learn from the experience. It can be good or bad. Either way, you learn.
  • If you take Latin 5, don’t just hang out with the other students in Latin 5. Seriously. I’m the only student in Latin 5 this year, and hanging out by myself after school has been a complete disappointment.
  • I believe all of you have something you can learn from a hobby, an interest, a sport… bring what you have learned to your life. Every fall means something. You stood up, you learned, and you kept on going. 
  • I have spent countless hours on the “how, why, what and what if” that surrounds this particular tragedy, but today as I am standing here, I believe that experiencing this life-changing event the way that I have has ultimately made me a better person, friend, student, sister, daughter, and even acquaintance.
  • I missed the days that we were the twins everyone thought of as the same person, right down to our names. I still do miss those times, but I now value the lessons that being away from him taught me. 
  • This may be my most valued learning from my time here at SSM - that life is not just about the “what” and what we may achieve, but it is equally about the “how” and how we get those things done.