Valedictorian Robin Phillips.

The valedictorian’s speech for the Eckville Junior/Senior High School Class of 2014

Valedictorian Robin Phillips shares her thoughts as she, and her fellow graduates prepare for their futures.

  • Jun. 1, 2017 7:00 a.m.

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. It is an honour to be here. I would like to thank our parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and anyone else who helped get us here. Without you, we would not be standing here today. I would also like to give a shout out to Google and caffeine. School would have been a lot more stressful without you.

What feels like the end is often the beginning. As we prepare to start a new chapter in our lives, we look to the future with hope and optimism, yet our minds become flooded with nostalgia. The future is a bright place full of opportunity. This year’s theme reflects that.

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.” No one is holding you back from reaching your full potential except yourself. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

This class is full of talent and potential everyone seems to have athletic, artistic or academic talents. I know we will go on to accomplish great things. As we embrace the future, I would like to take the time to reflect on the past and share some of my favourite class memories.

The days of elementary school will forever remind me of games like grounders and heads-up-seven-up. I think this is where our class started to get our competitive spirit. We will always remember Squishy, the plastic octopus that got stuck and melted to the roof of a classroom; rest in peace, Squishy.

We got our first taste of love, freedom and responsibility when we moved to the “big school.” Grade seven was a scary time especially when everyone else is so much bigger than you!

Thankfully, we adjusted quickly, and some of the best memories were created in the last five years. Like any group of friends we had our squabbles, especially during junior high, but we grew up and they brought us closer now that we realize how silly the drama was.

High school will always remind me of the times we shared like when we fit way too many people on a couch, having discussions over a few marks that would last the entire period; playing pranks and teasing each other; complaining about homework; dominating spirit week; worrying over tests together and taking bets on who was walking in late.

It will be hard to leave such a small school because of the caring environment we have grown accustomed to. High school is a lot like toilet paper, you only miss it when it’s gone. I know that soon we will yearn for the days when the biggest challenge was not being late for first period.

Our lives are about to change a lot, and change can be a scary thing. I know we will adapt to and overcome every obstacle we face.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” I know we will always be in each other’s corners, supporting one another and with this, we have the ability to take on the world.

Our class shared a lot of great times together and it is going to be weird to not see you all every day. I am going to miss this small town and everyone who helped make our school experience a positive one. Your futures are all bright and I wish the best of luck to you all in your future endeavors.

Congratulations everyone. We made it!

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