Senior Speeches


Senior Speeches

  • “Leaving here in nine months is a scary thought, but it’s also time to move on and start a new chapter in my life. Shattuck-St. Mary’s has been my home away from home for the past three years, and I will never really leave it behind.”
  • “Life doesn’t care about plans. Whether we like it or not, the unexpected happens and I need to adjust my mindset to accept that and make the most of what it gives me. Of course, we all prefer the happy surprises in life, but often it’s the unexpected challenges that teach you the most.”
  • “The lessons my grandfather taught me will stick with me forever. I couldn’t be more proud to call him my grandpa. Hunter, I know that you have some unfinished business in Kona, so I am going to do everything in my power to finish that race for you at some point in my life. After all, your rookie year was when you were 56, so I have time.”
  • “If you or anyone you know is struggling with anxiety or any other mental illness, I encourage you to talk about it, do something about it. There is no quick and easy fix, but life can get better. It all begins when you have the courage to ask for help.”
  • “I will always remember the lessons I learned and the friends I made there. Remember, it’s a family here at Shattuck. Even if you didn’t come here in the Middle School, know that this is a special community. We all bring something special to this family, and don’t ever underestimate the importance of a small gesture or a word of encouragement to someone.”
  • “All the tears and all the laughter of my time here are deeply rooted in my memory. I appreciate everyone who has come into in my life; teachers, mentors, friends, and even the people who don’t like me so much. You have all helped me to take a chance on being myself.”
  • “If I could leave you all with one message, it would be this: appreciate people’s differences and explore other cultures. Don’t judge someone just because they are different than you. If you are open-minded enough to learn about others, you will better understand the world and your place in it.”
  • “So, if like me, your career dreams are not typical, you have a choice to make. You can do what others expect, get your degree in something that guarantees work, have a job right out of college, work your shifts and only dream of what could have been. Or, you can do something else.”
  • “If there is a lesson in my story, it is not to let fear control your life. Surround yourself with good people. Stand up for what you believe in. Remember where you come from and never be ashamed of your roots.”
  • “All of us are unique in various ways, and I believe that I’ve made the choice to celebrate my uniqueness instead of conceal it, which is something that I think we all need to do.”
  • “If one moment can define my day, I want to make it a good one.”
  • “I think that’s what we all want in the end, for our actions to mean something, to have worth.”
  • “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.”
  • “What is the most important thing to me? Family. Above all else in the world, there is my family.”
  • “I can’t say that everything is perfect now, because change takes time, but at least now I’m trying to make a difference.”
  • “Although it is difficult to find a silver lining in this disaster, for me it is the vigorous support system that emerged. No matter what adversity I struggle with in my life, I now know that at home I have family, friends, and a resilient community that will support me and guide me through difficult times.”
  • “As long as I believe, I can slash through any obstacle in my life.”
  • “Realizing I was not four but fourteen, I forced myself to become more independent. I made myself go out of my comfort zone and to face the world that I had always hidden from.”
  • “My parents won’t be there by my side during those lows, but I have my own motivational quote now: ‘Trust your struggle.’”
  • “Standing on this stage, I now realize that I would not be here if he would not have allowed me to tag along with all of his friends, push me past my limits, and most importantly, compliment and of course, critique my every action.”
  • “Life can completely change at any given moment, which is why I can’t take any of these moments for granted.”
  • “I want to produce my magic, without having to apologize.”
  • “I will always remember to truly appreciate my time with my family and friends, and make the most of that time.”
  • “Nothing has been as impactful for me as learning to be content — with my life, where I am, what I’m doing, what I have, who I’m with, and who I am.”
  • “When I arrived here, I immediately started to feel lonely; my family was far away and it’s really hard to communicate with them. I started to wonder: Why am I here? I miss everything at home, and for what?”
  • “I am astounded when I think of the impact taking a risk can make. I’m not afraid to take a risk and jump. Not jump off a cliff while bungee jumping, but to jump at an opportunity.”
  • “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 am who I am because of what I’ve been through, however, each of our stories have their own unique twists.”
  • “My friendships are the most important part of Shattuck-St. Mary’s to me. Even though we don’t share a drop of blood, my friends are my family because I hold them closest in my heart.”
  • “This fish swims freely despite water pressure, and does not listen solely to others’ suggestions. Just as I could express myself through portraying various figures on the paper, I could take initiative and shape my life into infinite dimensions.”