Senior Speeches: Growth and Friendships for a Lifetime

October 07, 2016

“Thank you, Shattuck, for letting me grow, and for letting me create great friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.”

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.

Kenadie Cain

A short, bubbly, redhead is who you see when I walk down the hallway. But that’s not who I am, and even though this school is closer than most, people only know what I allow them to. I credit who I am to my family, the experiences I’ve been through, and this school. So, thank you, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, for letting me grow, and for letting me create great friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

Maureen Murphy

While I have been extremely grateful for my years here at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, I inevitably encountered many instances where I had a longing for home, and an inclination to be a normal high schooler again. I counted the days on a calendar and chose to wait, and decided not to live in the moment. But as the weeks and months went by, I realized that I did not come here to be miserable. I also grasped the fact that many people around the globe have it much worse than I do, so I should be grateful for the path I am on, since it is the one that I chose.

This concept of gratefulness is one I hear constantly preached at home by my parents. According to one study, approximately fourteen percent of American households do not maintain enough food for a nutritionally valuable meal. Yes I complain; sometimes I don’t always like what’s for dinner, and sometimes even though I enjoy history, I do not always want to write an article on it. Be that as it may, I am lucky enough to be a part of a world where I do not have to go hungry and possess the ability to receive a well-rounded education with friendly peers.

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