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Graduation Speech: Anirudh Ramakrishnan

Good afternoon to my classmates, teachers, parents, Superintendent Ciarrocca, Mayor Womack, and Mr. Kneller.

I vividly remember walking into NBTHS for the first time after a full year of virtual learning. Seeing the numerous awards displayed throughout the school, there was a sense of pride knowing that I was walking into a school with a rich tradition. 

It feels like just yesterday we were innocent little freshmen and now, we are gathered here, ready to close this wonderful chapter of our lives and embark on our journeys in the future. Looking back on our time in high school, I realized that we started and ended in special ways. Freshman year saw us in the midst of the global COVID pandemic. As we woke up at 7:40 to log onto our homeroom Google Meets and didn’t turn our cameras on due to “internet issues,” we were part of possibly the most interesting year in school history, and history is THE word to describe our senior year, as we are the fiftieth graduating class from NBTHS! 

I could not have asked for a better community than the NBTHS community. To all of my teachers and the NBTHS staff, thank you so much for all of your support and sincere work. I would not be standing here today giving this speech without all of you. Your tireless effort to ensure that we have the best possible experience did not go unrecognized, and I can confidently say we are all extremely grateful for your work. To all of my friends and classmates, thank you all for making these some of the best years of my life. And most importantly, to my family, thank you for supporting me in all my endeavors. Words cannot express how much you all mean to me. 

As I was writing this speech, the song “Good Old Days” by Macklemore started playing on Spotify. Given the occasion, it felt right to finish with two lines from the song. “Someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change. You’ll miss the magic of these good old days.” Thank you. 


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