Here is KP's Honor of Addressing the Assembly Speech
NOTE - for privacy reasons I put a ________ in place of all the identifiable words.
Thank you Mr. ________, Mr. ________, and the entire ________ community for generously presenting me with the honor of delivering this speech. When I was a seventh grader at ________, I had a sister who was in ninth grade, who I always looked up to. Watching this assembly from my homeroom three years ago, I could scarcely have imagined that I might be charged with the daunting task of presenting a meaningful message that you will always remember.
When I was brainstorming what to convey in this speech, I had to think. I told myself:
Think left and think right
And think low and think high
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
When I did this I only thought of one man, Dr. Seuss. With humorous verses and pictures, he addresses the Great Balancing Act – life itself, and the ups and downs it presents – while encouraging us to find the success that lies within us. Dr. Seuss uses his humor to teach valuable lessons because it has an amazing power. It emancipates us from the oppressive, uncontrollable events in life. It emboldens us, enabling us to accept our condition and move on. The pessimistic man has no sense of humor, but the man in possession of it has a rational, realistic view of the world. He can laugh equally hard when he falls as when he triumphs. Laughter makes us human.
Dr. Seuss’s stories are known for placing wacky characters into unusual and challenging, even ridiculous, situations, but most of all they are about having fun, sustaining humor, and celebrating strength of character. When we read Dr. Seuss as children, we rooted for those characters to succeed, just as our teachers and parents have done throughout our middle school years. For my three years at ________, I have walked the halls with an enormous sense of pride, learned lessons from teachers I will never forget, and grown into a strong and unique individual. I have retained memories from seventh grade when I nervously awaited my Renaissance speech, to Ninth Grade Assessment, where I frantically prepared to present in front of three judges, to now, where I am standing before my entire school community. Yes, all 1100 of you. Today I say goodbye to ________. It is the day I turn the page and finish one chapter of my life. In the spirit of Dr. Seuss and Seussical the Musical this year, I’ve learned:
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest
As I know it does to me, the sight of East may evoke a sense of trepidation. We will have to juggle our schoolwork with our college searches, social lives, and jobs. Many of us may experience some measure of difficulty in high school, but our three years in middle school have prepared us for the years that are to come and we have learned valuable life lessons. As you are the star of your own book remember:
You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose
We know how to make friends and enlist allies. We also know when we have to go it alone. We have solved many of our problems with the help of our parents, teachers, and friends. We are ready to open the doors and take the next step. You are the author as well as the main character:
So be sure when you step
Step with care and great tact
And remember that life’s
A great balancing act
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And never mix up your right foot with your left
As we head out the doors we are writing the closing pages to this chapter and heading into the Great Unknown. 7th and 8th graders, you still have a few more pages to fill before you are on your way to your own best seller, but it’s still intimidating all the same. Even though the 2006-2007 school year is over, the times we’ve shared and the friends we’ve made will live on in the pages of our memory. The clock is ticking, time is fleeting, and nobody lives forever. But true friendship is something we can count on. I asked a close friend once, “What are you going to miss most about ________?”
She said, “The start of the rest of my life.” I didn’t understand what she meant, so when I asked she said, “Like, it was when everything good happened to me. And even when bad struck… I still had my friends. So I’ll remember my friends the most.” We can all count on the memories and laugh at all the stupid things we did wherever we are. When we talk about our friends, it reminds us of the best times of our life.
The last three years have been a challenge for the students at ________. With incidents such as the war in Iraq, Virginia Tech shooting, and the Amish school house shooting in Lancaster County, or even something more personal like losing a close relative and coping with divorce, it often seems as though society thinks that today’s youth are no longer capable of positively participating in and shaping the world. Media has branded us as incapable of achieving. We should be lazy and incompetent. As all main characters do, we will experience conflict in our own stories.
I’m sorry to say so,
But, sadly, it’s true,
Can happen to you
But do not end your story short. Before me, you sit here as proof for the hope of our future. We are the businessmen, doctors, politicians, teachers, and parents of tomorrow. It is our personal dedication to success throughout our middle school years that has qualified us to lead in the future. Today we rise above the stereotypes and shed the labels. It is you, and only you, who determine who you will be and what you will do. You are the author of your own story. You define yourself. Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and blaze a trail.
Today’s award ceremony is the culmination of our commitment, starting with the efforts from the first day we entered ________as innocent seventh graders, apprehensive about starting middle school, to now as we await the exhilaration in commencing a new part of our lives at East. Turn the page,
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
You’re too smart to go down any not so good street.
While at times it may have been easy to have been drawn down the path of negativity, we have chosen to persevere and flourish.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed).
Where we go from here and what new frontiers we are meant to discover may remain yet unseen, but as we step out those doors today and are blinded by the first lights of what is to come and what is to be, always remember today’s triumph. For no matter what tomorrow brings, be it the straightest path or a road wrought with twists and turns, today we share this achievement.
You’re off to great places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting
So… get on your way!