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Egg Harbor Township High School top 3
Aiden Himley, 18, Egg Harbor Township, University of Virginia, Engineering
Sheikh Mahmud, 18, Egg Harbor Township, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science
Sam Liang, 19, Egg Harbor Township, Princeton University, Computer Science
Honor cords will distinguish EHT military-bound graduates
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Fourteen military-bound graduates will wear distinguishing color-coded honor cords in addition to their traditional caps and gowns during commencement Friday at Egg Harbor Township High School.
The program is led annually by guidance counselor Jennifer Leonetti, who also acts as the high school’s military coordinator. She is in contact with local military recruiters and schedules the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test for students interested in the military.
“The cords are a way for our high school graduates, who have committed to the military, to be honored,” said Kim Dempsey, high school media clerk. “These young men and women have made a decision to put themselves in harm’s way to secure our freedoms and our way of life. EHTHS recognizes that service to our country is not a decision to be taken lightly and should be celebrated.”
For the past three years, Dempsey has coordinated the school’s “Power of Pride” program, which encompasses all things military at the high school.
Through Power of Pride, Dempsey hosts a veterans breakfast, collects donations to send care packages to local military members overseas during the holidays and awards scholarships to two most-improved students. The scholarships are provided by the Somers Point AMVETS.
Following is a list of the graduates and the military branch in which they are enlisted:
• Brett Eagan, Air Force (royal blue cord)
• Morgan Williams, Army National Guard (green cord)
• Minh Dang, Marines (red cord)
• David Reaves, Marines (red cord)
• Nicole Reyes, Marines (red cord)
• Prince Anderson, Navy (Navy blue cord)
• Steven Richelson, Navy (Navy blue cord)
• Jose Hernandez, Navy (Navy blue cord)
• David Serbeck, Army (green cord)
• Rosa Francisco, Army (green cord)
• Geraldo Cano Campos, Army (green cord)
• Dillon Carmen, Coast Guard Academy Prep School Marion Military Institute (orange cord)
The following students received ROTC scholarships:
• Jonah Davis, Air Force ROTC (Royal blue cord)
• Brett Campbell, Army ROTC (green cord)
Egg Harbor Township High School 2019 salutatorian speech
Good evening members of the Board of Education, Dr. Gruccio, Dr. Charlton, faculty, staff, family, and friends. I would like to welcome you to the Graduation Ceremony for the Egg Harbor Township High School Class of 2019! On behalf of my classmates, I want to thank all of you for sharing this special day with us. Without your neverending devotion, care, and support, we would not have made it here today.
It is finally here! The day that seemed so far away when we stepped into this school four years ago. The day that we have been waiting for, the day that it finally sinks in that high school is over. Of course, it is a day to celebrate, but it is also an opportunity to look back and put things into perspective. People say high school is the best years of your life. There are so many movies that try to encapture the high school experience, some good, some bad, and yet most of them, not very realistic.
During the past four years, it was easy to get stuck into the mentality that your life revolved around high school and that everything was so much bigger and life-altering than it really was. Maybe someone did wear the same prom dress as you, maybe you did bomb that one English essay, maybe you did not get into the college of your dreams. But after making it to this point today, I hope you realize that it was not the end of the world afterall. So, I guess what I am trying to say is that it is not worth it to worry about every little thing because, at some point, you are going to look back and laugh at how much you let that moment affect you.
I always thought it was weird that just because you have a certain GPA you get to stand here and share your “words of wisdom”. In actuality, we have all had important experiences with equally important lessons. I want you to know that you are not defined by a single number, and you are not defined by your high school experience. If there is any insight I want to share, it is that you are actually selling yourself short if you are saying that your high school years were your golden years. High school is a transformative experience where you start to figure out who you are and what you stand for. But there is so much more living ahead of you, so much more to struggle and succeed through. This is a big moment to celebrate everything you have accomplished, but it will not be your last or only one.
Before I finally say goodbye, there are some people I want to especially thank for being with me through this educational and emotional journey.
To my mom and dad, who left behind everything and everyone they knew almost twenty years ago to start a new life in the United States, thank you for giving my siblings and I the opportunity to achieve our aspirations. Your endless sacrifices taught me to value my education and fall in love with learning, and your unconditional love and support created an environment where I could learn and grow. For that, I can never thank you enough.
To my friends, thank you for teaching me not to worry so much about what others think, because my self-worth should not come from anyone but myself. You are the reason I am the confident, strong person that I could only imagine myself being four years ago.
To my teachers, thank you for encouraging me to take control of my education and ask questions rather than to passively accept what is being taught. There is one teacher, in particular, I would like to give a special thank you to, one who never taught me in class but who was a mentor and role model for me during the past four years. Mr. Brower, you deserve so much recognition for the time and effort you dedicate to your students’ successes. Thank you for spending countless hours after school to help me prepare for competitions when you did not have to, and thank you for sharing your passion for teaching and engineering with me.
Congratulations, Class of 2019, and thank you for the unforgettable memories. It is hard to say goodbye, but I know our futures are bright, so let’s take charge and make the best of it.
Egg Harbor Township High School 2019 valedictorian speech
For better or for worse, I really do not have much to say, so this will be quick, and if you were expecting any deep philosophical insights, I am sorry to disappoint you.
To the parents, family, and friends in the audience today, thank you for coming this evening and showing your support.
To my fellow students, first of all, congratulations. It has been a long four years, and this is a tremendous accomplishment. Second, thank you. It has been wonderful to have you all as my classmates, and I truly could not have asked for a better graduating class.
Finally, good luck moving on from high school, wherever that may take you.
Also, tau is greater than pi.
Egg Harbor Township High School 2019 class president speech
Good evening friends, families, teachers, administrators, and graduates.
I am extremely honored to be in front of you today celebrating the fact that we no longer have to wake up at 6 am anymore.
I cannot express the string of excitement coursing through our veins as we all begin the next part of our lives. I remember hearing, “I really cannot wait to get out of here” everyday for the past four years. We have all said it, including myself.
In reality, I appreciate the experiences I have gained here and the opportunities that have been presented to me. I can honestly look back and say that, for me, high school was full of growth. This was not because everything went exactly the way I had planned, but because I learned to value my failures as well as my successes. Although I cannot complain about my experience, I am well aware that this may not have been true for all of us.
High school may not have been the experience that you had hoped for and sometimes you may have fallen short on what you wanted to accomplish.
Some seniors may have been forced to eat during the crowded first lunch with the underclassmen or others may have forgotten that passing through e-wing is almost humanly impossible. However, now that we are leaving Egg Harbor Township High School, you will no longer be able to complain about school assemblies. You will no longer paint your faces on a Friday night and watch the football games with the same “flock”.
All that aside, if you find your heart full of regret, take today as a time to rid yourself of that baggage and focus on your future. You cannot change what has already been done, but you can create your future.
Despite all of the struggles, each and every one of you should be proud that you are here today. I want to remind each of you that as of this moment, many of our paths will branch off and never intertwine again.
The string of excitement that held us together will dissipate and in front of us is our new beginning.
As you embark on your new life, I hope you can look back on high school and realize that everything happens for a reason. I hope you can reflect on your failures and successes and use them to morph yourself into the person you want to be. I want to give a special thanks to God for allowing me to see the bright side of every single experience.
Thank you to every person I had the opportunity of meeting. Thank you to the teachers who became my second family. Thank you to my friends who taught me to live a little. Thank you to my three sisters who are a huge pain that I would never want to get rid of. Thank you to this community that allowed me to grow academically and personally.
And last, but certainly not least, I would like to give a special thanks to the most important people in my life, my mom and dad: le doy gracias a mi mama y a mi papá por siempre enseñarme el valor de la familia. Estuvieron a mi lado cuando nadie lo estuvo y espero que pueda darles el apoyo y el amor que siempre me han dado. (Translated: I would like to give a special thanks to my mom and dad for teaching me the value of family. You were there when no one was and I hope that I can give you the love and support you have always given me) Thank you, and here is to new beginnings.
Now, on behalf of the Class of 2019, I would like to give these flowers to Jennifer DiMaio, our class advisor. She has put in so much time and effort throughout these 4 years to make our experiences here the best they could possibly be and we are extremely grateful to have had such a dedicated advisor.
Egg Harbor Township High School class of 2019
Gianne Carlo Bianzon
Patrick Brittain III
Craig Camp Jr.
Maria Ceballos Arbelaez
Kiara Cisneros Estrada
Marvin Colas Liautaud
John Cropley Jr.
Paul Christian DeDios
Elizabeth Del Re
Charlize Marie Deveza
Marlon Dominguez Tejeda
Cheng Wang Fok
Laura Garcia Jimenez
Dayana Giron Paredes
Alejandro Gonzalez Santos
John A. Griffith
Gary Guerra Jr.
Yosahandy Güichardo Peralta
Trien Huu Ha
Ryan Hart Jr.
Emilio Hernandez Martinez
Aislendy Herrera Mercedes
Ryan Hewitt Shiley
Lewis Johnson III
James Kolesinski III
Yuberangel Ledesma Guaba
Ronald Legates Jr.
Nicolle Leonardo Almanzar
Abraham Lozano Garcia
Michael Mays Jr.
Bienvenido Nouel Sepulveda
David Ortiz II
Alexis Pelaez Reyes
Klibert Perez Bonilla
Abdiel Pérez Morales
Amado Placencia Jr
Justin Ayn Plaza
John Previti Jr
Lee Rivera Turell
Liz Rivera Turell
Luis Rivera Turell
Luis Robledo Torres
Daniela Rodriguez Gutierrez
Francisco Rosa Jr.
Caesar Sanchez Lara
Arnaldo Santiago Rodriguez
Valente Sena Torres
Sabrina Alexis Singh
Vernon Jerome Swain III
Myredis Torres Vargas
Daphne van der Molen
Almando Velazquez Hidalgo
Maggis Zapata Martinez