It was the last day of school where we got our report cards and it stated what our 6th grade classroom would be. I was a very weak student and I ended up in a place that wasn’t my best. People have made so many comments and put so many labels, but I pushed myself to change. Ever since this moment I have worked hard to make a change. I’ve had put so much pressure on myself and now I have the honor of being the one to stand here, in front of all of you as your Valedictorian.
I stood there in anticipation, speech in hand, facing the crowd. Then, I ripped apart the speech, but I had no worries about the paper. After all, I had already memorized the whole speech. At that moment, my goal was to inspire people with my speech. I had never thought I would be able to stand there in the gaze of a giant audience.
On the evening of June 5, 2015, it was the day of my graduation at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School. I was somewhat nervous, but yet confident and proud of myself that I made it this far in my academic career, and to graduate was a bittersweet moment in my life. The sweet part was that I graduated and I was about to start a new chapter in my life which was high school! However, I didn't want to leave the school because everybody at that school was like a part of my family. When that day finally came, I was ready to enter in the Church with my class to begin the ceremony.
I am fairly nervous for my speech today because I didn’t get to prepare as well as I would have liked. I got called into work last night and had to work with a new person and they had no clue how to do anything, so not only did I have to train them, but I didn’t get to practice my speech as much as I would have liked. I almost guarantee I’m going to talk too fast and not make the time limit. I’m also a little apprehensive just because of the type of speech this is, and I have never actually done a toast before. I have spoken in front of many people before at a ceremony in my high school, because I was a board member in National Honor Society. I had to speak on behalf of my fellow members and honor the new inductees. I am really hoping, and
In SGA, an E-board’s secretary duties involve keeping an accurate recording of all meetings and holding a record of all paperwork throughout the length of their office term. The skills required for that position are organization, written and verbal communication skills, and punctuality. Along with the position, each year at graduation, every E-Board member is given a task to complete during graduation ceremony; my task was to write a one-minute speech that coincided with the senior class gift I was to present at graduation. I had experience in making public speeches in front of a crowd but never in front of thousands of men, woman and children on such a memorable day. So upon delivering my speech, I had written and rewritten my speech making sure my message was clearly stated and my speech flowed. I practiced every single day before graduation and the morning of graduation. Anxiety had filled by body causing me to sweat and feel waves of heat before walking on stage to deliver my minute-long speech. However, once at that podium and under those blinding lights, I delivered my speech with confidence, ease and clarity, just like I practiced, making that experience the biggest and scariest yet, most fulfilling task I’ve ever
After completing the speech, I thought I did good in some area and can improve other. While giving this speech I was able to focus on my topic and utilize given time. I thought I won’t be able to stand in front of the class and speak for that long, but I went over the time limit. I’m sure I was able to explain the subject matter and entertain audiences. I also believe I speak with a voice that is able to reach all audiences.
All speeches are different and create and new and unique experiences. This informative created a different experience because this time I wasn’t talking about myself and my life. I was talking about something I had to research to know about it wasn’t something that I just knew off the top of my head like I did with my shield speech. The overall experience of giving this speech was completely different. I wasn’t nearly as confident in this speech, but I think it went fairly well. Everybody seemed to really enjoy my speech though. They seemed to find it interesting. The next speech I give I am going to try and make sure that I get a chance to practice more before I go so that I am more confident in my speech. Also so I have more of it memorized and don't have to use my notecards as much and so that I can just go through it and not go over on my time. Sometimes in the real world you'll have to share information in a speech manner. Like if you have to give a presentation at your job some day or in front of a committee of some
But for some reason, Mrs. Johanson and Ms. Werner both thought mine was awesome. So, finally, when Ms. Werner decided she was for it, she told us that we had to convince the PTA. She nominated 3 speakers to go in front and 2 writers for writing the speech. I being one of the top writers in my class was nominated for the writing part. When I found out that I was writing the speech I was super excited at first. My partner was actually my best friend, Parker. We had a lot of fun doing it and, it beat being outside in the winter time! It got to be hard once we got to the part where we had to match the people’s personalities. But when I got through all that I reflected and made a conclusion that it was good and I did well. I don’t want to get too detailed but, we won the PTA
During middle school, I used to always get made fun for everything, especially my grades, they used to get called a nerd. But for some reason, everybody wanted the answers to the homework that was due and help on a quiz or test whenever they were stuck. I used to feel very bad of myself because I thought I would never fit in with “cool kids” who just asked me for answers. This made me less confident and have low-self-esteem because I didn’t have any real friends. I triumphed and fought my very hardest to focus on my success and growth. I faced many challenges while doing this, for example my favorite teacher had passed away, I was going through a lot with my family and I didn’t really have friends. It was during these struggles
“Uh, what was that, sir? Oh, yes, if you haven’t prepared an acceptance speech, you needn’t worry. We will have someone introduce you and all you need to do is explain the reasons behind your work, what drove you, and how it makes you feel to have done it. I am sorry if you did not get the message about the speech, but I am more than confident you will be able to produce one without problems,” said the man.
Dearly beloved we are gathered here today for a thing called life, well actually it's just a milestone in our lives called Graduation. Class of 2016, we made it to this day we never thought would ever get here, congratulations. We all know I hate talking in front of large crowds but then again I'm nowhere near being too shy for this, so sorry if I mess up but I'll try my best. In a normal ol’ graduation speeches they talk about how our future's going to be “BIG and bright” and to” follow dreams”. Well that is all great advice but I want to be a little different sense y'all have already heard these things before. So here I go, First I would like to thank all our parents for having to deal with us while we went through the “Teenage” and the drama that comes along with high school.
What I just recited was a selection from "Oh, The Places You'll Go!", a graduation speech as prepared by Dr. Seuss. I chose to recite this because its optimism toward beginning a new phase of life seemed to fit our class. It reminded me of our entrance into high school, when as freshmen, we blew away the students and staff at Stoks high School with our incredible enthusiasm and spirit. We didn't allow ourselves to be intimidated by the upperclassmen, or by our new surroundings. By the time we had completed our first Homecoming activities, coming in second place only to the seniors, we had established a certain respect, and it became evident that the Class of 2006 was capable of achieving greatness.
Later that day, we all gathered at the chamber, some of us were apprehensive to be on the stage to present our speeches. All too fast it was my turn and I got to say that I actually did a great job. I was a nervous wreck but managed to present my case with a calmness in my voice. I could feel everyone’s eyes on me as they listen carefully to what I had to say. Surprisingly, I didn’t fail, though I didn’t get to say all of what I had on my paper since there was a time limit. I still ended at a good part, it even sounded like it was supposed to be the end of my speech.
"Welcome, to the 200th send off ceremony for our graduating class of 2018!". Mrs Kalani's voice could be heard all over the speakers strategically placed at every corner of the send off hall. "I would like to call up our valedictorian, Valley High's Miss Bishi". I walked over to Mrs Kalani with a huge smile on my face. Of course, I was nervous; a simple test was going to dictate the place I would spend the next four years of my life.
The night of graduation we all lined up the same way we did at practice, ABC order, as I walked out I felt so rewarded that I was able to make it to my high school graduation. We all sat in a huge gym surrounded by our loves ones, Black and gold caps and gowns filled the room. I waited anxiously for my name to be called; with my last name starting with a W I was pretty much at the end. I walked up and across the stage, shook their hand as I received my diploma and smiled for a picture. As I walked back to my seat I feel my eyes start to water because I felt so proud of myself that I made it to this point after years of hard work. I look around once I’m seated and see how happy everyone is. Next year everyone will be going their separate ways, starting college and making new friends. The ceremony ends with a bunch of smiles, some tears and caps being thrown up in the air while everyone is clapping for