Pleasantville High School 2019 salutatorian speech
Good evening to Pleasantville High School’s administration, teachers, parents, friends, and fellow students.
My name is Khushi Shah and I am the Salutatorian of the graduating class of 2019. Tonight I want to first congratulate you on all you have achieved over the past four years here at Pleasantville High School. Conrad Hilton once said, “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” Even though we are going on our separate paths into the future, we all are bound to make mistakes along the way. My message is this, keep looking forward, work past any obstacles thrown in your way. Not everything you do will turn out the way you hoped. At first, treat these experiences for what they are - learning experiences. Then get moving, try again another way, don’t quit until you get to where you want to be.
We all have chosen different paths from this point forward. Remember failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns just as much from their failures as from their successes. When you make mistakes it makes you want to work even harder, so remember that as you embark on your future. It’s going to take work, mistakes will be made, and changes will come about that you didn’t expect. These are the very things that should make you work harder to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself. Never forget how special you really are. Finally, remember this, the greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the significant people in my life. First, I would like to thank my parents because without them I would be lost. They have been there for me every time I needed them. Without their guidance and support, I would not be here talking in front of you tonight. I love you both so much! I would also like to give thanks to all my teachers, mainly Ms. Johnston and Mr. Gray. Whenever I felt like giving up, they always motivated me to keep going. They are completely selfless and have been there for me over these last two years, regardless of the circumstances. I appreciate it so much and I have so much love for you. And last, I would like to thank my friends, especially Sharina Gomez and Nairobi Dunson. They always know how to comfort me when I am feeling down. They made my four years here at Pleasantville amazing. You mean the world to me and I love you so much!
Congratulations to my fellow graduates - Class of 2019!
Pleasantville High School 2019 valedictorian speech
Good evening and welcome administrators, teachers, parents, friends, and fellow students...
I am Jennifer Ozoria the valedictorian for the class of 2019! As we sit here this evening we are celebrating the fact that we made it through high school. This year we have struggled through our classes, college applications, financial applications, and wondering if we should we stay here for our families, or should we go out on our own. At the end of tonight’s graduation ceremony, when we throw our caps into the air, this part of our lives will be over, and nobody knows exactly what's to come next. These past four years, filled with happiness, tears, anger, and laughter, has brought us all here together for the last time. It's funny how we complained so much about wanting to leave this school and go on with our lives, but now that the time has come we question if we’re ready for that. No one can predict the future and we are entering a time in our lives of great change and uncertainty.
Many of you have received full rides to good schools and a lot of you have received scholarships that helped ease the financial burden of college. Many of you are ready to enter the workforce or learn a trade. As you enter the real world, it's okay not to know what’s ahead. It’s perfectly natural to experience fear and excitement right now, but stay on the path that will fulfill your dreams. Don't ever stop believing in yourself. We've gotten this far and now we must all continue the journey into our own futures.
I have shared many special memories with you in and out of school. It is with a heavy heart that I must say seniors, our time has finally come. Richard Rohr once said “Setting out is always a leap of faith, a risk in the deepest sense of the term, and yet an adventure, too. The familiar and the habitual are so falsely reassuring, and most of us make our homes there permanently. The new is always by definition unfamiliar and untested, so God, life, destiny, suffering have to give us a push--usually a big one--or we will not go.”
In closing, there are a few special people I need to thank. Thank you to my mom and my step dad who always motivated me, believed in me, and love me. This is all for you and the amazing things to come! I love you both! Thank you to my siblings for being a girl’s best friend and experiencing the crazy moments with me and to my big brother Steven. You are my biggest role model and I couldn’t be more proud to call you my brother! To my friends, thank you for sticking by me and sharing memories that I will cherish forever! To Mr. Gary Gray for always having such a kind heart and making me see the good in every situation. To Ms. Susan Johnston for knowing me inside and out. Whenever I was having a bad day, entering her classroom would change my bad mood into a good one instantly. To Mr.Clark, Mr. Rullan, and Sgt Mack, I give the three of you a big thanks for embedding in me the qualities I needed to become a leader. You all have challenged me to better myself and have always been my go-tos for any obstacles I might encounter. These past four years have been a roller coaster ride, but I am so glad to have been through it with you all. Thank you!
Pleasantville High School class of 2019
1. Jennifer C. Ozoria
2. Khushi Shah
3. Karina Rojas Sandoval
4. Keny D. Exantus
5. Nairobi M. Dunson
6. Katia Guadalupe Mari
7. Grisel Y. Ruiz Castillo
8. Kevin P. Evangelista
9. Odalis Hernandez
10. Quentin L. Bundy
Melodies Myracle Alexander
Carrey De Jean
Emma Houselie Floriant
Lewis Johnson Jr.
Arquilah Mc Call
Jejuan Mc Duffie
Iisihr Mc Fadgen
Damira Mc Neal
Diogenes Mejia Jr.
Juan Perdomo Jr.
Tristan Torres de la Barrera
Nathalie Vargas de la Cruz