June 15, 2017
Students earning the Valedictorian and Salutatorian awards are invited to speak at the Commencement ceremony. This year's top awards earners gave their speeches on June 10, 2017.
Baken Lyu earned this year's honors as Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. The Valedictorian earns the highest cumulative GPA.
"Principal, Trustees, Faculty members, family, friends, and fellow graduates, today is a day to be thankful and to be inspired.
First, we have much to be thankful for. Here at Martin Luther School we have received a great education thanks to our fine administration and teachers. We are prepared to move on and to take on whatever challenges come next in our lives.
Fellow graduates, I want you to know what a great gift it is to be prepared as we are, because not all schools offer such an advantage. Here we have had a high degree of academic excellence and whether you intend to continue your education or not, you will benefit from what you learned here.
We can also be thankful for our families. These past four years have presented us with a lot of ups and downs and it is good to know that we had our families in our corner, supporting us along the way. Thanks to my parents, I would not be here today without you.
Finally, we can be thankful for each other. The friendships that we have made here will last a lifetime. In the same way we have supported each other and helped each other succeed in these years at Martin Luther, I hope we will continue to provide support and encouragement for each other in future endeavors."
Salutatorian, Kevin Zhou, earned the second highest cumulative GPA at Martin Luther School.
"As I was assigned the task to write a salutatorian speech, I was both frustrated and excited because I'm a terrible procrastinator besides having the reputation of being a huge nerd. After several rounds of unsuccessful brainstorming, I did what everyone in my generation would do-- I Googled "How to write a graduation speech." Let's hope that this speech is decent. Here we go.
Four long, hard, and painful years. Teachers, I know we frustrate you on a daily basis and make you wish that you have chosen a different profession (#sorrynotsorry). Just kidding, we love you guys and we thank you guys for devoting your time and efforts into our education. We couldn't have made it here without your relentless support.
Students, we are graduating in a challenging time with unprecedented amount of threats- high unemployment rates, student loans, and horrible college roommates. You're going to fall down, but the world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the number of times you get back up. There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.
Always remember- be strong, be kind, and be hardworking. Then you my have a chance to succeed. Class of 2017, good luck and peace out!"