Senior Speeches


Senior Speeches

  • “I have four siblings, with me as the youngest, and my parents made many sacrifices to help us reach our goals. Even though they struggle financially to provide for all of us, they still did anything and everything they could to help us. In return, I am truly grateful.”
  • “If I could leave a message for you, I would say to follow your feelings forward. Sometimes you can make bad choices and struggle with it, but only you know what is good for you.”
  • “At the time, I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have lived next door to her my whole life, but since being away the past three years, I am so glad for the close family relationships I’ve made and how they will continue to grow the rest of my life.”
  • “I realized I had learned to face my problems instead of running away. I learned that talking helps. I realized I could trust people.”
  • “Coach, I accomplished two achievements today. I broke 100 and a sixth-floor hotel window.”
  • “My grandpa delivered his positive energy to me as a birthday gift on the day I was born. Being positive is the most important lesson my grandpa taught me in my life journey.”
  • “It was because of him that I realized that it is necessary to embrace and enjoy the time you have with those closest to you, because time is valuable. You can save it, spend it, or waste it, but you can never get it back, no matter how much you want it.”
  • “Hockey’s taught me how to stay positive and, no matter what the circumstance, make the most of things. A positive attitude spreads like wildfire, jumping from tree to tree, and a simple smile or hello can make all the difference in a person’s day.”
  • “My point is that my father’s life story is incredible, and I aspire to be like him. He’s my best friend and he always has my back like I have his. I hope that one day I can repay him for everything he has ever done for, and given to me.”
  • “Let’s live our best day every day because we never know what tomorrow may hold. Say hi to that one kid in class. Smile at people in the hallways. There is no time in our short lives for hate, and sometimes we lose sight of that.”
  • “Writing my speech has reminded me what my parents have given up for me. I will be forever grateful.”
  • “The thought of being untouchable all my life was gone, and my whole outlook on life changed within minutes.”
  • “I always keep in mind that I didn’t choose to be born in Venezuela. I had the honor of being born there.”
  • “If I can tell you one thing to take away from this, then I would say to enjoy the laughter and chaos in your life. Enjoy all the happiness in life before you start to miss it.”
  • “There are many people who had a big impact of my life, but today I want to talk about my grandfather, who is always a role model of mine and who taught me many lessons that I can apply for the rest of my life.”
  • “Work hard. Cherish your life. Love. Be different. Don’t be a jerk. Take a risk, because if you don’t, you will spend the rest of your life wondering what could have happened if you had.”
  • “As I grow, I keep the faith, knowing challenges make me who I am and allow me to become the person that I dream of being. We have all grown up to see and experience challenges. Life can be tough, but with faith, a positive attitude, and support from friends and family, we can make them bearable and even rise above them.”  
  • “Whenever I just want to go to bed rather than finish that one assignment keeping me up, I think about the sacrifices my mom had to make to give me this adventure. I think of the strength and work ethic she has exemplified throughout my life and it drives me to push through my challenges.”
  • “I learned successful communication is not about drawing a definite conclusion but, more importantly, about listening. Stay open-minded, listen to different voices, and think independently. In other words, learn before you judge.”
  • “Change can be difficult. I believe all of you have encountered similar situations at SSM. The important thing is how you adjust to change.”
  • “I feel more peaceful. I accept the fact that I cannot always be in the top group. I have learned to compromise.”
  • “Don’t forget your past. Remember where you came from, who got you to where you are, and those you met and lost along the way. They are important and have seen you in places lower than you are now. Don’t forget your past, but don’t live in it either.”
  • “Although I will never give up trying, I have begun to embrace myself for not being perfect.”
  • “What will I change, what will I do, what will be my impact on life? Where will I fly to next?”
  • “Always tell the truth. It is very important for others to trust you, because then what you say has meaning.”
  • “SSM is a place where everybody is all in, and where you can find lots of opportunities to try new and different things.”
  • “Growth. Accept it. Embrace it. And know that by losing our stuffed animals, we gain something even more important. Independence. Self-reliance.”
  • “Remember that when you smile or say hello, it could mean a lot more than you think. The world outside the arch is large, diverse, and sometimes dangerous. But we need to grow up and live in it to make things better.”
  • “Just be yourself. You don’t need to be what others want you to be.”
  • “I have had the unique pleasure to grow up at and attend Shattuck-St. Mary’s thanks to my loving parents, and it has taught me countless life lessons.”