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 would never be here if I hadn’t taken the leap of faith to make the move from colorful Colorado to this arctic tundra called Minnesota. This decision changed my life in so many challenging, yet rewarding ways. The decision making process was a long and a confusing one. Looking back, I can’t imagine anything different than being here, but in the moments of decision making it was really hard.
“Leaning on my faith and trusting in God has guided me to the place I am today. It was really cool to see how the Lord always comes through in his promises. I remember being scared, nervous, yet excited to start a new school, but once I got here I knew it was exactly where I was supposed to be.
“Through the last year and a half, I have learned about myself, my faith, and how to enjoy every moment. This place is a gift to me. It’s not an experience most people get to have. Although days are long and seem never ending, the moments in between all of the chaos are irreplaceable.”
- Sacia Hanson
“It’s tough having to grow up. I think everyone is forced to grow up sooner than they thought they’d have to.
“… I just focus on the good and get through the bad however I can, or I’m going to get left behind. Now I’m just looking toward the future. Soon I’ll graduate and I can start a life that I want to live. I will only be limited by what I want to achieve and it feels good.”
- Preston Kostian