June 16, 2017
Brynn Lecakes, Valedictorian, earned highest cumulative GPA in the 8th grade class.
"Hi! Thank you for everyone who is here because giving a speech to an empty room of people is really awkward. I would like to thank Google and WikiHow for showing me how to write this speech. I mean... I want to thank all our teachers, especially Mr. C, Mr. Schuman, and Ms. Zambelli. They have taught us a lot over the year, and have shaped us into better people. Everyone in the building, whether staff or teachers, cares about everyone, and they develop a relationship with you that's not easily forgotten. I can speak for all of us when I say that we will never forget the laughs, and the food, that we shared.
God has also been an important part of my journey as well. I grew up with God in my life from the start because of my dad, but as I grew up I realized that He is part of me as well, not just something my parents think.
I also want to thank all of my friends. We have been through a lot together. Many inside jokes and friendships have come out of this year alone. It wasn't always good times, I'll admit, but we got through it. We have learned a lot from each other, and as Stephen Schwartz would say, "we have been changed for the better."
These speeches usually end up saying that "this isn't an ending, it's a new beginning," or "when one door closes a new door opens," and that's exactly what I'm going to say too. Many things have changed for all of this year, and all of us have tried something new. And I can say without a doubt that all of us will change part of the world in the future. All of us are talented in our own different ways, and we can use these ways to serve ourselves and others.
People will come into our lives and they'll stay forever, or they'll teach us a lesson we need to learn. I hope all of us realize the differences in people, and I hope we can learn what we can. I wish all of you luck in high school, whichever school you end up in, because we're going to need it.
This is a big change but we can all get through it...hopefully. LOL peace out guys."
Zaraya Jackson, Salutatorian, earned the second highest cumulative GPA in the 8th grade class.
"Good afternoon parents, teachers, guests, faculty, staff and Class of 2017. I want to thank you for attending our services and congratulations to my peers for completing the school year. I'd also like to take an opportunity to thank individually my teachers for helping me grow these last two years, for my parents for supporting me, and helping me for twelve years, my family for tolerating my nonsense, and my classmates for keeping me entertained. Beginning my year in eighth grade, I admit I did not enter with a positive mindset; I had doubts because I was going through a lot of things that made me socially awkward. Even speaking in front of people was a struggle. Yet as I stand here, I come to realize it hasn't been as bad as I assumed it to be. With the support of my family, teachers, and friends, and my non-biological school mom-- "Gracias, Mama," I was able to discover I could overcome these obstacles and that I had a funny side. To summarize my eighth-grade year, it was pretty fun and it was a huge learning experience. It has taught me "what it feels like to chew Five gum," and no, it did not "stimulate my senses" like the way it says in the commercials, but it stimulated me where it allowed me to want to venture into new interests besides anime.
In closing, I want to wish you all a good summer. I hope to spend mine watching the summer season of anime, playing Overwatch, but most of all, preparing for my upcoming journey of High School. I wish you all the best of luck in High School.
God bless you all and happy summer."