In a couple of months when most of us embark on our journeys to college or a job, high school, this graduation, and this speech will simply be distant memories. But great ones! I myself will miss the “did you know’ section from BANC. For example did you know that our graduating class has two presidential scholars? Or that there’s over 1 20 clubs at Blair, some of which are entirely student-run, including the Blair Radio Station, Thespians club, Debate Team, Jewish Culture Club and Philosophy Club. Many, like the Robotics club and Slam poetry have recently placed in competitions.
Did you now that this year the softball, baseball and boy’s basketball team were all division champions? Throughout our time at Blair, we have acquired the skills to launch ourselves into our futures. There will be challenges of course, and we will meet them straight on. It’s not enough to simply try to get by in life. That doesn’t move the world forward.
You must try’ to excel in everything you do large or small. Every accomplishment you achieve adds to the world’s progression. When you succeed, you lighten the burden on your fellow man. When you succeed, you are in a position to give rather than to take.
We have many notable alumni that have imprinted their soles onto the world. We all know that Goalie Hahn, Carl Bernstein, Steve Francis, Ben Stein all went to Blair. So which one of us will be next on the list of notable alumni? As Steve Jobs said, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary. Stay hungry. Stay foolish” As someone who immigrated to the states, not knowing much of the English language beyond “l don’t speak English” I myself have gone through great engages to learn English and be apart of this society we live in.
Once the girl who was frightened to read out loud is now giving the commencement speech at graduation. When I first transferred to Montgomery County in the second grade.
I had to learn the basics of reading and writing all over again, and start over the SOL program, but I am grateful for the support of my teachers and family. Ever since elementary school, our parents have cradled us during our worst, forgiven all the stupid mistakes we’ve made as teenagers, and loved us unconditionally.