Graduates consider final remarks

Mykal Albers, Staff Writer

After at least 13 years of school, graduation day holds great importance for the students who achieved it. For those few students who will have the privilege of addressing the class at graduation, they have an important task to capture the significance of the moment, entertain the audience and make a statement. So, what should they say?

Traditionally, a Warsaw High graduation includes a welcome by the student body president, a valedictorian address and a salutatorian address.

Student Council President, Megan Brown, said she will start writing her speech about a week before graduation.

“I do not like talking in front of people, so doing a speech in front of a couple hundred people scares me. I hope that they will remember my speech and be encouraged by it,” Brown said.

Many seniors said, in a graduation speech, they would talk about the fun of high school, teenage experiences, hanging out with friends and learning about themselves.

“If I had to give a speech I would say that I will miss high school and that it is good to see all of my friends growing up. I would also tell the younger students to go to as many sports events as they can.” said senior Julie Franklin.

Senior Tyler Dority would tell all of his friends good luck with their life and that he had fun with his friends.

“I would put a good quote that meant something to me and some of my friends, I would also put words to live by. I would explain some of my best memories with my friends and with the school,” said senior Briar Collins.

Seniors say they would take the opportunity to give advice for the younger students still experiencing high school.

“In my speech I would tell my classmates and everyone else to just live life to its fullest, and to always do what makes you happy,” said senior Melissa Pierce.

“I would tell the younger students to enjoy high school and make it fun. It is four years of your life, make it good, and make good memories,” said senior Jessie Kuykendall.

Some seniors might include the advice of others in their parting remarks, such as Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition,” said CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs.