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Myder '13 Shares Dedication Day Speech for June 3rd

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Myder was the Salutatorian of the Great Class of 2013 which means that she delivered the welcoming address at our annual Dedication Day on June 3rd. Here's what she said...

Good morning, students, teachers, parents, friends, and honored guests. I would like to welcome you to the 2013 Senior Dedication Ceremony. My name is Myder Yang and I am honored to be standing here today to welcome each and everyone of you. Today is a day to honor the class of 2013 for all of their accomplishments and hard work. Today is a day to give thanks. Today is a day to share. All of you seniors have contributed to the community here at Patrick Henry and you all deserve this day. So let us allow this to remind us of who we have become throughout these four years of our lives. Let us use this time to still enjoy the last days that we have together.

I remember the beginning, as students filled the city buses, crawled across the streets like a group of turtles with their shells behind their backs, and stepped onto the floors of Patrick Henry. I remember the long, icy winter that seemed like it would never go away. I remember the laughter and roars of us seniors as we cheered for our class of 2013. Along with the disappointment and excitement that each and everyone of us has experienced this year, we all have grown taller and stronger.

Each of us started the year knowing that this time of the year will soon arrive. For some, we started out strong. For some, we started out not at our best. We stayed up late to finish projects that were due the next day, we applied to colleges while balancing coursework, we practiced dance routines, played sports, built robots, took risks, got rejected, got rewarded, and the list goes on. But nevertheless we all made it together to this day, to this very moment. No matter what we may seem to fail at doing, we have also already achieved something truly great. That is stated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, ““To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

To all the seniors, remember that we have just struggled to hatch, free from our turtle eggs. Our next step is to look for and to dive into the beautiful and uncertain sea. Let the ocean tide pull us in. Let us face the real world with all we’ve got. Let us remember what has made us who we are and where we come from. Let us not focus on our shortcomings, but rather the future that is waiting for us up ahead. Let us hold on to our dreams for they belong to us. As stated by Richard Bach, “You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.” Let us say thank you one more time to those who have helped us. Again, class of 2013, feel proud of all that you have accomplished thus far, for we are the proud 13east of 2013. Thank you all again for coming to witness this wonderful ceremony.