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Graduation Speech: Julianne Yi

In 2019, we had mold and the school shut down. In 2020, we had COVID and the school shut down. In 2021, we still had COVID and the school remained shut down. But we’re all here, in 2022, ready to take our last steps together as the senior class. I thank you, fellow students, staff, administrators, and the proud family and friends of the students that are graduating today. The world tried to keep us apart, but it was not enough to stop us.

As we move onto the next chapter of our lives, we need to keep on going, no matter the obstacles. A couple months from now, we’ll be struggling in college, work, or whatever’s next in our lives, but I want everyone to remember that we’re all survivors in some way or another. In fact, we all survived a global pandemic. I know some people don’t feel like survivors. You might have felt like you wasted your years floating around doing the bare minimum. I too, have to admit that I spent way too much time mindlessly watching monkey videos on YouTube instead of doing work, but behind every moment of our lives, is an experience that transforms us in some way or another.

I want to assure everyone that your lives are meaningful. We all contribute to the world in our own unique ways and we surely will contribute more as we grow older. I know that the world is very competitive. Even in high school, we judge people on what classes they take and what colleges they get into, but I want everyone to know that you’re doing great and I’m proud of you. Whatever’s next in our lives is not going to be easy and we’ll definitely make mistakes, but we’re all survivors and we’ll continue surviving.


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