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Salutatorian Speeeh - Agen Good evening everyone. Thank you all so much for sharing this day with our class. Class of 20U, congratula- tions! We made it! The day that we have been longing for, ever since freshman year, is finally here. We are almost ready to go out into the real world, *to live on our own* and make something of ourselves. A famous and well-known quote by Dr. Seuss is, "Don't cry because it's over, and smile because it happened." So since we are all crammed in this hot gym today for a reason, let's smile and reflect on how we got here. When we were all in preschool, or even younger, I'm sure many of us were read the classic Dr. Seuss books. They were definitely my favorite. I loved listening to my mom and dad read me "Left foot, right foot, feet, feet, feet," and I couldn't wait to go to school and learn how to read them myself. We all started off in kindergarten, excited to learn, read, and make new fi-iends. We read things like "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish," and we realized how different and unique each person was. As we grew to know each other from kindergarten to eighth grade, we were forced to do a lot of thinking. Our teachers were constantly tell- ing us to "think left and think right and think low and think high, oh the thinks you'll think up if only you try!" We graduated grade school and thought we were finally free! Then we were off to start our adventures in h/gh school. *A new and scary place where sometimes we, intimidated and unsure freshmen, were sure that there was a "woset in the closet, or a vug under the rug," and every day for lunch we were fed strange food like green eggs and ham, or something that looked like that. Even in high school we heard every day from our teachers, "the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." And although some days we all acted like the Grinch, with our bad attitudes and senioritis that most of us got the last three months..., of our junior year, we pushed on and eagerly waited for this day to come. By the end of our week, and 8 hours a day, we did learn something and d few of those things will help us in our future. English class has taught us how to type long papers, memorize ridiculous vocab that we won't use unless we write a novel, and the sad reality that in short stories, everyone dies in the end. *Math has taught us the basics so we will be sure we aren't getting cheated when we begin our first job. However, I'm sorry Mrs. Farnam and Mrs. Updegraf, 98% of us won't use calculus for the rest of our lives. *And of course, how could we forget all the information on TR that was drilled in our head by Mrs. Schilling. Although "how many pets did Theodore Roosevelt have" will not be an interview question for a job, one of us just might go on trivia show and we will know exactly how many pets he had, and possibly win one million dollars. *The point is, learning is so impor- tant and is something we will never stop doing. Now we are here, ready to graduate. We are all smiling because it happened or- maybe because that is what our mom's threatened us to do so she could get a decent picture. But even though we are leaving high school, that does not mean we can quit and shut down our brains. We will never stop learning, and we should never want to. Although we may think that we have it all figured out, we still must keep pushing on and striving to learn and grow, whether we are going to college, the military, or into the work force. I am confident that all of you have a good head on your shoulders and you will succeed in whatever you do. Just remember to never stop trying, learning, and striving to make the right choices. Dr. Senss also said, "Thereare so many things you can learn about but, you'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." So Class of 2011, let's open our eyes and continue to finish the race of our lives. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, "There- fore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles And let us run with per- severance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." I have so many people to thank right now. First of all, my family. You have all been there for me every time that I needed anything. Having your parents as your teachers would be most teenagers' worst nightmare, but I guess it wasn't so bad. It actually came in pretty handy sometimes, especially when I needed money. I love you all so much and I will miss you more than anything. I also want to thank all the teachers that pushed us every day and helped us when we needed it. Without people like you all, none of us would be here today. Lastly I want to thank my friends and classmates who made this time worthwhile and made so many memories that I will never forget. I wish you all the best of luck as you continue on in your life. Since I have had a Dr. Seuss theme tl~oughout this speech, I want to close with a little encouraging note from Dr. Seuss. It is from his book "Oh the places you'll gO." Congratulations! Today is your day, you're off to great places, you're off and away. You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes You can steer yourself any direction you choose You'll be on your way up; you'll be seeing great sights You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights Wherever you'll fly you'll be best of the best Wherever you go, you will top all the rest Except when you don't 'cause sometimes you won't I'm sorry to say so but sadly it's trt/e That bang ups and hang ups can happen to you But on you will go though the weather be foul On you will go though your enemies prowl Onward up many a frightening creek Though your arms may get sore, and your sneakers may leak On and on you will hike and I know you'll hike far And face up to your problems whatever they are And you will succeed, yes you will indeed 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed KID YOU WILL MOVE MOUNTAINS! So ... be your name Brooklyn or Cory or Zach Haley or Cole and everyone else In our class You're off to great places, today is your day Your mountain is waiting so get on your way. 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