Essay about Graduation Speech

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I'd like to start by thanking a few of the teachers who have made the greatest impression on me throughout my education here in Jones. Over the years, I have come to realize that the district's greatest asset is its teachers. I have been thoroughly impressed with the energy and dedication of every teacher I have had, and for this I would like to say, "Thank You." I regret that I can't take the time to speak in detail about all of them, but I would like to say a few things about some of the teachers who have made the biggest impact on me. The first is Mr. Stone. He is in Poland right now as part of a teacher exchange, but last year I had the pleasure of having him for physics and AP calculus. He is one of the most energetic teachers I…show more content…
Moving back to junior high, I would like to thank Mrs. Smith, the Hi-Cap English teacher. Mrs. Smith truly understands her students and does everything she can to help her students have fun while they learn. And last, but certainly not least, I would like to mention Mrs. Ruth Ann Wilson. Back in elementary school, I was fortunate enough to be involved in the enhanced learning program, taught by Mrs. Wilson. She is one of the most creative teachers I have ever known. She always challenged her students and taught us to strive to reach our full potential. Now I'd like to read a selection from "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau. This passage gives Thoreau's reasons for leaving Walden Pond. But I believe it applies to our situation as well. "I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one. It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. I had not lived there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond-side; and though it is five or six years since I trod it, it is still quite distinct. It is true, I fear that other may have fallen into it, and so helped to keep it open. The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of

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