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Good evening, everyone. I would like to start off by saying how honored I am to have the opportunity to speak to you tonight. I would like to give a special thank you to my mom and dad for everything they have done. Thank you for your ongoing support and making me the person I am today. The time has come.

Tonight has been on our mind since the first day of school. We were saying how we just can’t wait for graduation; I can’t wait for graduation. Well, graduation is here. I personally think I could wait a little bit longer. I want to thank everyone in attendance tonight and everyone watching. Thank you to Mrs. Tonya Harris and WISD for doing everything in their power to make our senior year the best it could possibly be in our circumstances. Thank you to the teachers who have been there for us through it all. And finally, a very special thank you to the family and friends who have supported us and been there through thick and thin. We truly appreciate you and couldn’t do this without you.

This has been a crazy high school experience for us. For most of us, we started off at the ninth-grade academy and were walking across the street to get to the high school for certain classes. If you didn’t experience the craziness of crossing Indian Drive, you were missing out or maybe you were just lucky. Our sophomore year we transitioned to a new school and everyone was lost the entire first semester. I remember taking a tour the summer before it opened and just thinking of how I am supposed to get around without being counted tardy. Somehow, I managed to always make it on time. Junior year was like when your hair is that awkward length and you can’t decide whether to chop it off. We were more familiar with the school and could get around 10 times better. Junior year had many ups and downs. The first semester was like any other year. We had Friday night lights, pink out, homecoming, Halloween, Christmas parties, and banquets. Everything was perfect. Everything was normal.

I remember going into spring break because I was going to New York City. I just couldn’t wait to get out for a week. Well, we all know that a week turned into months. Quarantine happened and suddenly everyone was just a face on a screen. All classes were online and we had scheduled Zoom meetings every day.

Life has completely changed for our world. There was no sure answer to any of the questions we had. We were all just uncertain of what was to come. Well, we made it out. We put masks on and we came back to school. Yes, it was extremely different, but we were just glad to be back together. We missed a lot of things this year, but we got a lot out of this year that no one else will get. We learned lessons no one else had to learn.

So now we get to start a new chapter in our lives knowing that we have lessons others don’t. I believe that our class is the only class who could get through everything we got through. When we lost a classmate, teammate, a friend, we came together. We had each other’s backs through it all. We didn’t leave any one hanging. We were there for each other. When our football team made the playoffs for the first time as 6A, we packed the stands. When our basketball team kept dominating the court, we packed the stands. When baseball needed to win the game to make the playoffs, we packed the stands. But our support continued to our fine arts. We showed up to band and choir concerts, theatre productions, and so many other events.

Coming together for every organization just shows how this class has each other’s back. We showed up when we needed each other the most. We will forever cherish the way we felt in the stands.

There is a quote that really speaks to me and I would like to share it with you tonight: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt.

So, I challenge you to tackle all your obstacles that lie ahead with courage and with the same drive you had this year. It has been my honor and privilege serving you as class president. Thank you, class of 2021.

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