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3 = I:1 I-= to o I-= ol Alecsandria Hayes - Valedictorian Speech In preparing this speech, I spent hours on Google, and I read countless sample speeches. I spent a great amount of time star- ing at my computer screen with my hands hovering over the key- board, and I also spent a great deal of time procrastinating--which is a skill that we; as graduating seniors, have absolutely mastered. Then Thursday night as I sat down to repeat the process of Googling, reading, staring at my computer screen, and shuffling through all of the half-decent ideas I had for this speech, like loading it up with inspirational quotes, or talking about what bright futures we all have in front of us, I kept going back to this incredibly annoying statement that we all heard nearly a hundred times throughout our high school careers ... "It goes by so fast." The minute we walked into this high school as freshmen people began telling us howfast time flies, how fast high school itself flies by. People like our friends, families, and teachers.., always reminding us to make the most of it and to enjoy it while we can, And each time we were told this we would politely smile and then walk away slyly roiling our eyes because really, we'd heard it enough. It didn,t matter how many times we were told that "before we knew it high school would be over," because in the moment, we didn't think it was ever going to end. In fact, I still can't believe it has ended. Some of us began wishing our high school years away right from the start. We just couldn't wait to move on to bigger and better things, and some of us prayed that it would never end. These were supposed to be some of the best years of our lives and I'd bet--whether we'd like to admit it or not--that nearly all of us sitting here today, all decked out in cap and gown, are scared half to death of the individual roads that lie ahead. Throughout our high school careers there was always something to look forward to, always something that we just couldn't walt for--like our first homecoming and our first prom, getting our license, and our first car. And in the mix of all of those things that we just couldn't walt for there were plenty of things that we absolutely dreaded, like time consuming English projects, nearly impossible pre-calc work sheets, brutal physics tests, the impossible fill in the blank section on every anatomy test, taking the ACT, writing poems in Spanish, and running on Wednesdays. While we were impatiently waiting for all of the exciting things ahead and dreading all of the oh so horrible things that we ha*d to do--time was flying by and we woke up one morning right around the comer from our last homecoming and our last prom, our last basketball game, our senior trip, our last math class, our last physics test, and our last band concert. As we came to the end of the long and winding road that is high school, we realized that all of these seemingly monumental things were in our rearview. We blew right through them in what felt like no more than the blink of an eye. We spent the greater part of our four year journey down this road being told what to do: what time to get up, what time to go to bed, what time to be home, what classes to take, what things we could do and what things we couldn't do. And now we India looks to become the world's fastest growing large economy this year. New strain of rabies was found in New Mexico. 60%of toothbrushes contain fecal matter. Bureau of Labor Statistics says U.S. has lost 7.2 Million manufacturing jobs since 1979. Survey says that 40% of all beehives died in the past year. Hardest jobs to fill in the U.S. are trade occupations like butchers, mechanics, and electricians. 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Thank you Mr. Morgan for being not only an administrator, but an administrator who s sin- cerely involved and active in listening to the con- cerns and opinions put forth by the student body. Next I would like to thank my teachers who are not only great educators but who also took an interest in all of our lives in an aspect deeper than the classroom. I would like to thank all of my coaches who were there to support me through- out my many extracurricular activities. I would also like to thank my friends who were there for me every step of the way, and my classmates who made this high school experience unforget- table. Most importantly, I would like to thank my family whose support and encouragement made me the person I am today. I can't even count on my hands the number o times I was told throughout my high school career that "it goes by so fast." It became quite the cliche. And now I'm up here reiterating what we've heard nearly a hundred times before. But, I don't think it matters how many times one is told that it "flies by." It's impossible to understand until you've experienced it yourself and to say it "flies by" is the understatement of the century. get to choose. We get to choose what to do, what classes to take, what to sag what people to hang I Depending income, I on your could out with, what roads to follow, and what paths you