Graduation Speech : High School

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In the spring of 2014, I graduated from a small high school as valedictorian. During my high school career, I maintained status on the high honor roll and received the title of Student of the Month the first month of every school year for four years. In 2011 and 2012, my sophomore and junior years of high school, I was selected both years to attend the Youth Leadership Institute as a delegate for the Chatham School District. There, I met many other high school students from all over Alaska where we exercised our leadership skills in fun icebreaker games and group activities. We also learned about our own unique leadership styles, and how we can apply them in various situations back home or anywhere.
In the fall of 2014, I was accepted to the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau as a full-time student. Before I left Haines, I had plenty of memories to reflect on. My small school was constantly searching for opportunities to help our Tlingit village of Klukwan. My class and I had done everything from personally visiting elders’ homes to ensure they were having a good day, to picking up highway trash because we were bored. Every year on Earth Day, my class and I strategized and initiated a Village Clean-Up that we were rewarded a barbeque with afterwards. More notably, my school organized and invited other schools and community members to visit us during our annual Culture Days. A week full of traditional, cultural activities that most of the time myself, or myself and a

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