Atlantic City High School class of 2019
De La Cruz-Dominguez, Moroni
Estevez, Alvin Faherty, Maeve*
Ho, Van Nhi
Khan, Md Raashid
Pham, Minh Tho**
Torres, Alex Torres, Alexis*
Atlantic City High School 2019 valedictorian speech
Dear Board of Education, faculty and staff, parents and friends, and graduates of 2019:
To begin, I would like to thank my mom, dad, and brother for giving me all the love and inspiration in the world. I would like to thank all of my friends and teachers, who have each been an integral part of shaping the person I am today.
When I first stepped onto the campus of Atlantic City High School, I was wading into an ocean of the unknown, looking far off into the distant horizon. Of course I was both excited and nervous, being a pioneer in this new world called “high school”, a realm of which I had only heard. Ready to conquer this new challenge, I brought with me only three things, “confidence”, “commitment”, and “human connections”. It is with these three things that I managed to endure four years of rigorous coursework. I’m sure that these three things are what that have propelled most of you here.
I realize that we have all taken separate paths through high school. My view of the horizon only goes as far as my own eyes can see. And yet, when we each arrived at school for the first time during our freshman year, we were all looking at the same horizon, traveling toward the same destination on the vast ocean of life. Today, regardless of the classes we took, the friends we acquired, or the choices we made, we have completed that journey.
Our first two years seem to have breezed by. We developed our opinions and got a feel for the school. We joined clubs, made new friends, and adjusted to the new workload that high school brings. We realized our dreams and aspirations as we looked up to the upperclassmen, wondering what our futures would hold.
Last year, we overcame. We overcame the chilling winds of Winter Storm Grayson, which removed access to our gymnasium for almost a year. Many of us overcame our SATs, ACTs, and first AP tests. We overcame the overwhelming excitement and impending sense of dread, knowing what senior year had in store.
This year, we have endured. Most of us have endured the grueling college admission process and all of the dreaded forms and essays associated with it. We have endured the plague of senioritis and the tidal wave of projects, finals, and research papers. As a result, we find ourselves at graduation, the pinnacle of a student’s high school career.
We have heard countless times that college is a place where you go from being a big fish in a little pond to a little fish in the ocean. I disagree, because we all live in the same world, a world in which we decide who we want to be. We each get to decide how we want to live our life, how we travel on life’s journey. Whether it be a mountainous trail, a voyage on the high seas, or even a bicycle path, it is a journey all the same, filled with the pains of failure, the joys of success, and the obstacles that must be overcome. I encourage everyone to enjoy today, because it is important to savor every moment. With our graduation today, we step into the next chapter of our lives and embark on a new journey, with our bonds irrevocably solidified as we become Atlantic City High School’s Class of 2019.
Before our paths diverge, I want everyone to remember to stay confident in yourself, because knowing you can do something is the first step to actually doing it. Remember to stay committed, because focus and effort open the door to new possibilities. Remember to stay connected, because the people of our past guide us when we need help the most. Together as the Class of 2019, I wish everyone luck as we move on to new horizons and try to unlock the infinite potential of the future. Thank you.
Atlantic City High School 2019 salutatorian speech
Good morning, the Board of Education, faculty and staff, distinguished guests, teachers, family, friends, and, last but certainly not the least, the Class of 2019!
Graduation: oh how long we have waited for this day to come. It’s interesting how as freshmen, sophomores, and juniors we cannot wait to be the big seniors, but when senior year actually comes around, we are just itching to get out of here. However, in the end, all 180 of those days were worth it. Think about all the laughs we’ve had, the friends we’ve made, the moments we’ve shared. We take for granted the precious time we have in high school, years we will only get to experience once in our lives. Following graduation, the Class of 2019 will travel a few miles or a few thousand miles to attend college, enroll in the military to serve our country, or enter the workforce. Although I may not have the 2020 vision that next year’s batch will have, I know that no matter where we end up or what we may do, the Class of 2019 will accomplish great things.
Countless memories have been made these four years, but, unfortunately, high school has not always been peaches and cream. Over the short four year period of our high school career, we all have overcome our fair share of difficulties. During freshman year, the new faces in a new school with new teachers took some getting used to. Sophomore year calculus was indeed challenging, and junior year chemistry took its toll. In senior year, I faced arguably my greatest challenge: navigating the hallways. Honestly, getting from Computer Science in G-Wing to English in C-Wing was a struggle to say the least. Through determination and persistence, the Class of 2019 was able to overcome all the barriers in its path, and I even made it on time to English---sometimes. Fortunately, much of the bad in high school has been overshadowed by the great. How can we forget about Homecoming and the Prom, where we danced the night away to Lil Uzi Vert and City Girls? It was also wonderful to see our sports teams compete and succeed against the surrounding area’s best. The electric atmosphere of the Thanksgiving Game junior year, for example, is incomparable to any other time in high school. Ultimately, these moments of spectacle are what distinguishes us as Vikings.
Finally, I ask that the class of 2019 look to the audience and never forget all the support our friends, families, and teachers have given us over these past four years. The people we become in life is only in small part due to our own ingenuity, while much of it is the result of the people with whom we surround ourselves. At this time, I would like to acknowledge the very special people in my life that have helped me become the person I am today. Teachers and guidance counselors: thank you for encouraging me to become a lifelong learner. My coach: thanks for making me a better tennis player and a better sportsman. My friends from Brigantine, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, and Atlantic City: thanks for always having my back and making me laugh all these years. My brother, who is a class of 2009 Viking: thanks for being my biggest role model in life and for motivating me always to give my 100% in everything that I do. Mom and Dad: thanks for supporting me through everything that I have done and for always being my #1 fan. I certainly would not be up on this stage giving this speech if it was not for you guys. To the Class of 2019, for the final time, I wish you all the best of luck in all your future endeavors. Thank you all, and go Vikings!