Senior Speeches


Senior Speeches

  • “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.”
  • “The people who scare you can sometimes become the people who inspire you the most.”
  • “The man I call dad got involved in the lives of my mother, my sister, and myself because he wanted to. He did not have to do that … He has influenced my life in a positive way and helped me grow to become the young man I am today.”
  • “I wish I could travel to the past, through all the crying and the bleeding, the laughing and the smiling, not only because those were the good old days but because the knowledge I have gained from those moments define me as the person I have become.”
  • “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.”
  • “In the moments when you feel nervous and realize that something is not quite right, you need to remind yourself that you are capable of doing so much more than you think. Everything will get sorted out if you work as hard as you can.”
  • “So if you’re struggling, reach out. You don’t have to do it for yourself initially, but it can grow into that. Don’t let fear or anxiety hold you back.”
  • “The lesson I learned was that whenever there is a chance of something going wrong, not to try to do it alone, but rather, trust in the group and stay together.”
  • “Although she’s failed to teach me how to absolutely kill it on the dance floor the way she does, she succeeded in teaching me something slightly more important. She taught me how to open my eyes and ears before my mouth.”
  • “A man’s character is most evident by how he treats those who are not in a position to retaliate or reciprocate. Be aware of how you treat others, even those who may have no impact on your life. Remember, what goes around, really does come around.”

  • “The most important aspect of life is whether or not you’re enjoying it. Your happiness and doing what you love is crucial.”
  • “I am beginning to see that there are lots of different ways to measure success in life. Now, I know that being successful also includes being able to spend quality time with the most important people in my life, being able to enjoy every day to the fullest, and finally, having the courage to fully pursue my passions.”
  • “I can only hope that, when everything in your life seems to be falling apart and you lose all motivation, you will think of a time when you were offered a second chance, and you will show your appreciation for it by giving back to those who need second chances of their own.”
  • “If you don’t set your own standards and create your own goals, what will you do when there is no one else to do that for you?”   
  • “These past three years at Shattuck have taught me the value of family.”
  • “I learned to believe in myself, to live more independently, and most importantly, that sometimes change is good.”
  • “Mistakes are a part of life. I am not afraid of making mistakes because I know that I will learn from them and with the help of others overcome my obstacles.” 
  • “My dog has taught me to greet people warmly, do what makes me happy, remember to rest, be curious, and lift others up. Thanks to her, I’m learning to see this busy, complicated world more through the warm eyes of my dog.”
  • “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.”