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The Class of 2014 President Speech at the Senior Awards Night

Written by Joe P., President of the Class of 2014

Let's start this speech in the most cliche way I can possibly think of.  Tomorrow is going to be one of the most bittersweet days of our entire lives.  It will be a time to celebrate the accomplishments we've had over the last four years.  No matter how difficult the journey to get to this moment was, we will all be graduating tomorrow.  We entered this school together and met for the first time in this room and it only seems fitting that we congregate, tomorrow, together for the last time in this auditorium.  Before I start to get all nostalgic, I've created a goal for this speech.  My goal is to try to make this the most emotional speech you've ever heard.

We have had some great memories as a class.  We witnessed Brian dress up as a taco our freshman year and Christina paint her face a medley of different colors.  We participated in Matignon's first ever Turkey Toss and watched Ryan and Colleen become Homecoming King and Queen.  We watched Camille become Matignon's first ever Spirit Queen and watched Jaime and Matt become Prom Queen and King.  These last four years have been filled with memories we will never forget.  They are what defined our high school years.  Just because we are graduating doesn't mean we have to lose touch with one another.  The friendships we've made have the potential to last a lifetime.  In case you couldn't tell, I decided to maintain the theme of cliche graduation speeches.

There is a reason we celebrate a graduation.  It is no small feat to go to 7 classes a day, 5 days a week, for four years straight.  As teenagers, I'm pretty sure its in our DNA to sleep past noon whenever possible, so the fact that we were able to wake up and be ready by 8 o'clock everyday is an accomplishment in itself.  We have all earned the diplomas we will receive tomorrow and we should all feel a great sense of pride in that .  Everything we've worked towards academically is validated with that diploma. 

The other element that defines a successful high school career is the friends that have come out of it.  I can personally say my high school years were the best four years of my life so far.  I truly enjoyed my experience at Matignon.  I was nervous coming into school my first day, as I'm sure most of you were too, and I was scared I would be a social outcast.  I came into this school my freshman year knowing five people, and one of them was my cousin so she had to at least pretend to like me.  But, as I soon found out, there were no social outcasts. We are one of the most close knit classes ever.  So, I guess where I'm going with this is...thank you.  I want to thank the entire senior class for being so accepting and fun and being some of the best friends anyone could ask for.  We sit here now as a unit, and this unit would not be the same without each and every member.

As we've heard Mr. D. say a thousand times, we are a family.  I don't think that could be more true than it is in this moment.  We have fun like a family, act like a family, and most importantly, love each other like a family.  A family's bond cannot be broken easily and it is our job to make sure that our connections last a lifetime.  Some of you may be dying to get out of high school and move on with the rest of your lives but remember to live in the moment. 

Before I go I want to leave you with a quote by Trace Adkins, that describes our lives right now, "You're gunna miss this, you're gunna want this back, you're gunna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast, these are some good times, so take a good look around, you may not know it now but you're gunna miss this". 

Thank you.

Joe graduated Matignon in May 2014 and is attending Stonehill College.

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Class President of Senior Class
Class President of Junior Class
Vice-President of Key Club
Co-President of Latin Club
Debate Club
National Honor Society
Latin National Honor Society
Peer Minister
Track and Field
Yearbook Committee
Prom Committee
Portuguese Exchange Program
Volunteer at St. Anthony, Cambridge Science Festival, the Paulist Center Food Pantry, and the Teen Life Fair

 

The Class of 2014 President Speech at the Senior Awards Night

Written by Joe P., President of the Class of 2014

Let's start this speech in the most cliche way I can possibly think of.  Tomorrow is going to be one of the most bittersweet days of our entire lives.  It will be a time to celebrate the accomplishments we've had over the last four years.  No matter how difficult the journey to get to this moment was, we will all be graduating tomorrow.  We entered this school together and met for the first time in this room and it only seems fitting that we congregate, tomorrow, together for the last time in this auditorium.  Before I start to get all nostalgic, I've created a goal for this speech.  My goal is to try to make this the most emotional speech you've ever heard.

We have had some great memories as a class.  We witnessed Brian dress up as a taco our freshman year and Christina paint her face a medley of different colors.  We participated in Matignon's first ever Turkey Toss and watched Ryan and Colleen become Homecoming King and Queen.  We watched Camille become Matignon's first ever Spirit Queen and watched Jaime and Matt become Prom Queen and King.  These last four years have been filled with memories we will never forget.  They are what defined our high school years.  Just because we are graduating doesn't mean we have to lose touch with one another.  The friendships we've made have the potential to last a lifetime.  In case you couldn't tell, I decided to maintain the theme of cliche graduation speeches.

There is a reason we celebrate a graduation.  It is no small feat to go to 7 classes a day, 5 days a week, for four years straight.  As teenagers, I'm pretty sure its in our DNA to sleep past noon whenever possible, so the fact that we were able to wake up and be ready by 8 o'clock everyday is an accomplishment in itself.  We have all earned the diplomas we will receive tomorrow and we should all feel a great sense of pride in that .  Everything we've worked towards academically is validated with that diploma. 

The other element that defines a successful high school career is the friends that have come out of it.  I can personally say my high school years were the best four years of my life so far.  I truly enjoyed my experience at Matignon.  I was nervous coming into school my first day, as I'm sure most of you were too, and I was scared I would be a social outcast.  I came into this school my freshman year knowing five people, and one of them was my cousin so she had to at least pretend to like me.  But, as I soon found out, there were no social outcasts. We are one of the most close knit classes ever.  So, I guess where I'm going with this is...thank you.  I want to thank the entire senior class for being so accepting and fun and being some of the best friends anyone could ask for.  We sit here now as a unit, and this unit would not be the same without each and every member.

As we've heard Mr. D. say a thousand times, we are a family.  I don't think that could be more true than it is in this moment.  We have fun like a family, act like a family, and most importantly, love each other like a family.  A family's bond cannot be broken easily and it is our job to make sure that our connections last a lifetime.  Some of you may be dying to get out of high school and move on with the rest of your lives but remember to live in the moment. 

Before I go I want to leave you with a quote by Trace Adkins, that describes our lives right now, "You're gunna miss this, you're gunna want this back, you're gunna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast, these are some good times, so take a good look around, you may not know it now but you're gunna miss this". 

Thank you.

Joe graduated Matignon in May 2014 and is attending Stonehill College.