Senior Speeches: Discovering What is Most Important

October 20, 2016


“Throughout most of my life, I have not realized how important it is to tell the people I care about so much what they mean to me. This has taught me to value all of life’s moments, the people we spend them with, and to not take any of them for granted.”

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.

Mitch Hammer

Throughout most of my life, I have not realized how important it is to tell the people I care about so much what they mean to me. This has taught me to value all of life’s moments, the people we spend them with, and to not take any of them for granted.

Erik Kasner

I’ve always had a motivation to be different. I’ve also always enjoyed being an exception, and that mindset is what led me to deviate on my own path and attend a boarding school, something entirely new to my hometown…

… When I came to Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 10th grade, I never thought I would have discovered the person I am today in a matter of three short years. This place helped me to discover that it’s acceptable to put your worries behind you. Life’s uncertainties will be inevitable, and worrying will never make me prepared or ready for them anyway.

When I arrived here, I felt as if I would never truly feel like I belonged. However, now, I’m a senior and I couldn’t feel more at home. All of the adversity I’ve encountered here has taught me more about myself than I could ever imagine. I’ve learned to make the most out of every situation, because I’ll never know if things are going to be better than where I’m currently at in my life.” 

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