Senior Speeches: Growing Up and Growing Together

March 17, 2017


“Realizing I was not four but fourteen, I forced myself to become more independent. I made myself go out of my comfort zone and to face the world that I had always hidden from.”

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.


“10 a.m. finally hits and the email pops up. I open it and look under the Midget AA column and my name was there. I was a little bummed out at first, but I knew that at the time, this was the correct team for me to be placed on. I was not mature enough, nor was my skill good enough to have made the U16 team that year.

The memories I had with the boys that year will forever be a part of my past and that experience is one that I would not trade for the world. While many people dread the thought of being on the AA team, I thrived and embraced the fact that I was on that team. I hope everyone who is a part of the AA family takes away the same lessons I once did because it truly did change my life.”

- Anthony Stark

“Realizing I was not four but fourteen, I forced myself to become more independent. I made myself go out of my comfort zone and to face the world that I had always hidden from. I became more passionate about my everyday life, and began making friends with people around me - even with strangers. I began facing the problems by myself and tried to get over the difficulties without relying on anybody else.

With the support of all my friends and my family I became an independent and confident person rather than a little girl leaning on her parents’ arms. Thanks to all my friends and my family who helped me to grow up, and who I know will always be there for me if need be.”

- Cathy Wang

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