Senior Speeches: Family and Friendship

March 30, 2017


“What is the most important thing to me? Family. Above all else in the world, there is my family.”

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.


“What is the most important thing to me? Family. Above all else in the world, there is my family. When I mess up they’re there to correct me, and when I do well they’re there to support me. At the forefront of my family are my mom and dad.

“… While growing up in this family, I have never had money to buy whatever I wanted, when I wanted. Most of the time, I had to get the money myself, or wait until we had enough. This has humbled me, to an extent. I’ve learned never to expect anything too grand or lavish. I’ve learned to love the simple things; things that people tend to overlook. As I move on to college, I plan to take these lessons with me. Much like my parents, my grandmother never wanted me to be rich beyond belief. They simply wanted me to grow into a man that could provide and love his family. I wasn’t born into a lot of money, but I’m glad I because I’m happy with the family and person I am today.”

- Jay Davila-Smith

“Everyone that comes to SSM has a different story, but the one thing we all share is reminiscing. We’ve all looked back from time to time and remember what home was like; the people, the food, and the places where we grew up; and perhaps that reminiscing leads us to wonder what life could have been like if we stayed home.

“… Although sometimes it might feel like the time I spent here took memories away from me, the truth is that the memories that were made while here are truly irreplaceable. These memories were made special by friendships that could have not been made anywhere else. I will never forget all the good times: my first year in Clapp dorm, where I figured out hockey players weren’t so bad after all; all the memories with the guys on my team who made this place special for three years. I wish I could share every single memory I made, but there are far too many.”

- Alex Hernandez

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