Graduation Speech Essay

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The Class of 2012. How long have we heard these words applied to us? Long years starting with broken crayons in kindergarten to inside-out sweatshirts in middle school to late English essays — 13 years of learning from the simplest counting to complicated algebra and calculus, from reciting our ABCs to reading Shakespeare. Imagine, us coming out of our respective middle schools into this monster of a campus. With three times as many people — people who drive. People who have cars and are legal adults. We’ve been here for four years. Count the quarters: there are 16 of them.

Remember freshmen year: that infatuation with older students, and how being friends with a senior gave you immeasurable social status? There were some sophomores
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At the end of the year, we had the infamous crossing of the gym to the junior section.

Eight quarters left.

Junior year. Things begin to really take off. Periodically we were sent to the Career Center and forced to think about the future. When people asked you what you wanted to do "when you grew up," answering "I don’t know," after, of course, you explained that you were grown up, was just asking to be sent there. We found out that junioritis does exist, because we were starting to feel that draw, knowing that we were in the home stretch of the race. Both our basketball teams went to State, and we had three days where the school was a ghost-town, and if we came, we played cards, got free test answers from our teachers, or just hung out. We said good-bye to all those graduates, the sophomores from when we were freshmen, and watched them pave the way for us to follow, knowing that our day would soon come. And, as upperclassmen, we realized that freshmen were befriending us for status, and we smiled.

Four quarters to go.

Senior year. We talk nostalgically to each other about students who have long since graduated, things that happened so long ago or teachers who have moved or retired. The underclassmen stare at us like we’re insane because they have no idea who or what we’re talking about. We started that fabled senior countdown. It hit us that we’re going to graduate ... soon. Then we basked in

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