Senior Speeches: Home is Where the Heart is

January 12, 2017


“Instead of finding my home in a specific place like most others do, I have learned to always find the feeling of home within the time I get to spend with my parents and brothers.”

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.


I came to Shattuck-St. Mary’s and played two years on the Midget AA team, which was by far the best level of hockey I had played yet. Most people would think of this as a failure and embarrassment but I think the exact opposite. I learned perseverance and developed a work ethic that will stick with me for the rest of my life, not just in sports, but for a job and providing for a family.

I couldn’t be more grateful for the past two years because the relationships I developed with my friends will never be forgotten and the memories I made in Clapp and Whipple will stick with me for the rest of my life. I am so fortunate to live and spend every day with my best friends, and I am excited for what this last five months of my SSM career may entail. I’d like to thank my parents for working seven days a week and sacrificing everything to be able to send both me and my brother to this School.

- Jett Larson

Some people may say that they consider their home the house they have lived in for their entire life. But for my family, this was never the case. Growing up with two parents in the military, the places and houses we lived in were always temporary. So instead of finding my home in a specific place like most others do, I have learned to always find the feeling of home within the time I get to spend with my parents and brothers…

 … I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for their endless support and for teaching me that with hard work and dedication nothing is impossible. But most of all, I would like to thank them for making the ultimate sacrifice for our country every single day of their lives, and for showing me that home is always where my heart is.

- Sarah Moss

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