Senior Speeches: Aleko Karamanis

October 25, 2017


“Next year, wherever I am, I know it won’t be the same experience in the same close and supportive community. But what I’ve learned from SSM is, if you’re a good guy, you can accomplish your goals and truly succeed wherever you may go.”

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.

Throughout the 2017-18 school year, we will share these speeches with the SSM community and hope that you enjoy the humor, wisdom, and powerful reflections conveyed by our senior students.

Aleko Karamanis

“1,638. 1,638 is the number of days I have been at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. SSM has been my second home for six years now, and in a few months it will longer be my home, But as Ted Mosby says in How I Met Your Mother, ‘Just because even if you know something is going to end that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy that ride.’

“Every SSM alum that I talk to always says they wish they could go back to when they were in school and relive what we are living right now. They miss the school, the people, the support of coaches and teachers. So I will live these last couple of months to the fullest because I know one day I will be retelling stories about this year and calling it the good old days.

“I have so many great memories of SSM. All those memories have one thing in common: the people. The people will be the thing that I miss most. Everyone here is always striving to be better and they all exude JP Parise’s’ philosophy of “Be a good guy.” Coach Ward continued this, and today’s coaches hold us to the same standard. That’s a huge part of what I learned at SSM: Be a good guy.

“That means trying to do the right thing. Help anyone who needs it. Be honest, admit your mistakes. It’s a philosophy that says you know what’s right and what’s wrong, and you should do your best to do what’s right. This allows for a community that is different from any other place in the world. This is the community I will truly miss.

“Through my years at SSM I have experienced the highest of highs, like winning nationals, and also some down times, like when my game wasn’t up to standards. But while I may have gotten a bad grade or been scored on, that doesn’t matter as long as I’m doing what I love with people who love me and encourage me to do my best.

“Next year, wherever I am, I know it won’t be the same experience in the same close and supportive community. But what I’ve learned from SSM is, if you’re a good guy, you can accomplish your goals and truly succeed wherever you may go.

“Finally, I want to thank SSM and all the people that have helped me along my journey to allow me to do what I love. I know all good things must come to an end, and I’m grateful that Shattuck has prepared me so well for what comes next.

“Thank you.”

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